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Open Access Policy Background

In April 2015 the Faculty Senate approved a Class C "Resolution Concerning the UW Open Access Repository & Request for Advice on an Open Access Policy." The resolution requested the Provost to direct the Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries to develop an open access publication policy for recommendation to the University.  The Faculty Senate discussed the recommended policy for the first time on March 2, 2017 and will take it up again Autumn Quarter 2017.

The policy would not require authors to publish in open access journals nor require them to pay open access fees.  Instead, faculty would deposit the final, accepted, post-peer review version of their research articles prior to final publisher formatting (“Accepted Author Manuscript” or “Author’s Final Version”) in the University's institutional repository, ResearchWorks Archive. Similar open access policies have been adopted by other large, state-supported universities including the University of California system (2013), the University of Minnesota (2015), the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (2016), and the University of Arizona (2016).


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