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Washington University Open Access Resolution

The Washington University Faculty Senate adopted a resolution in May 2011 which encourages faculty members to make their scholarly and creative works freely available online. The Resolution reads in part:

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‚Äôs digital repositories whenever consistent with the copyright agreement; and
  • 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.

Full WU Open Access Resolution
WU Record Article: Faculty Senate Adopts Open Access Resolution, June 28, 2011.



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