Penn State has joined a growing list of major research universities to enact an open access policy to expand the public availability and accessibility of its research. Penn State's new open access policy will expand the public visibility and accessibility of University scholarship.
The new open access policy took effect on January 1 and applies to all University researchers, including faculty and staff, University appointees, graduate and post-doctoral research assistants or fellows, and visiting scholars.
Under the new policy — known officially as AC02 — University researchers automatically grant Penn State a non-exclusive license to make their work available through ScholarSphere, the University’s open access institutional repository designed to help increase the global visibility and impact of Penn State research and scholarship.
The policy also supports and preserves the academic freedom of faculty members to submit their research to publications of their choosing. If a researcher wishes to submit their work to a journal that does not allow archiving their work in ScholarSphere, the researcher can request a waiver to the policy, which is automatically granted upon submission. The policy does not require payment of article processing charges, and imposes no restrictions on where University researchers may publish.
The new policy was endorsed by the Penn State Faculty Senate last spring and approved for official implementation by University President Eric Barron in August, representing the culmination of multiple years of collaborative work between Penn State’s administration, the University Libraries, faculty members, researchers and other key stakeholders across the University.
AC02 was developed by a University-wide taskforce charged by Jones and Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications Barbara Dewey with creating an open access research policy that supports and empowers researchers while expanding the public accessibility of Penn State scholarship.
The Penn State Open Access Taskforce was led by Karen Estlund, at the time the associate dean for technology and digital strategies with the University Libraries, and Greg Madden, Penn State’s associate chief information officer for research, with representatives from University Libraries and various academic colleges.
The new open access policy is one of several initiatives related to Open at Penn State, which aims to advance equitable and affordable access to information, research, data and educational resources across the University.
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