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What is an Open Access Policy? Why should Purdue faculty care?

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Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011

At universities around North America, faculty are adopting policies for depositing their published articles into openly accessible digital repositories, like Purdue e-Pubs. By making their scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles available through such repositories, they are increasing access to their work for scholars, educators, and policymakers worldwide. The establishment of such a policy and its implementation has the potential for transformative positive effects on how research is disseminated and used. It also, however, involves greater awareness among authors about the terms of agreements they are signing with publishers and new responsibilities for the librarians who assist in implementation. While Harvard, MIT and Princeton are among the private universities where faculty have adopted Open Access policies, the University of Kansas was first among public universities, in 2009. The University Senate at Purdue will soon consider adopting such a policy. What do you need to know and why should you care?

Join colleagues at Purdue to learn about Open Access policies and what the implications are for faculty. Purdue Libraries has invited faculty from the University of Kansas who were instrumental in adopting the first public university OA policy, to walk through their experience and answer questions.
Ada Emmett is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Kansas (KU).
Dr. Marc Greenburg is currently serving as chairman and professor of Slavic Languages at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Townsend Peterson is a distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. He is also the curator, at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center.

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