166  ·  Representative Documents:  Scholarly Communication Resolutions
Washington University in St. Louis
Open Access Resolution
Open Access Resolution
Adopted by the Faculty Senate Council: December 21, 2010
Scheduled to be presented and voted on at the Faculty Senate meeting: May 9, 2011
The Faculty of Washington University in St. Louis is committed to making its scholarship
and creative works freely and easily available to the world community. Faculty members are
encouraged to seek venues for their works that share this ideal. In particular, when consistent
with their professional development, members of the Faculty should endeavor to:
Amend copyright agreements to retain the right to use his or her own work and to
deposit such work in a University digital repository or another depository, which is
freely accessible to the general public;
Submit a final manuscript of accepted, peer-reviewed publications to one of the
University’s digital repositories whenever consistent with the copyright agreement;
Seek publishers for his or her works committed to free and unfettered access (often
referred to as open access publishers) whenever consistent with his or her
professional goals.
This resolution applies only to scholarly articles authored or co-authored by a member of the
Faculty since the adoption of this policy.
Currently, there is no systematic University-wide coordinated program to assist Faculty with
managing the rights to their scholarly articles, nor is there any mechanism for facilitating the
accessibility and dissemination of these works from within the University. The Faculty
encourages the Offices of the Provost and the University’s Libraries to establish digital
repositories and to provide author support services to aid the Faculty in providing greater
access to their work. At this time and as a practical matter, this resolution covers only
scholarly articles and does not extend to other forms of scholarly and creative work such as
books, art, music, blogs, presentations, or curriculum materials. The Offices of the Provost
and the University’s Libraries should encourage any faculty member who would be willing
to join in this resolution, regardless of type of scholarly and creative work generated.
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