If you're considering a campus open-access policy, or already have one in development, SPARC is here to help. SPARC has coordinated with open-access policy leaders and experts to develop this new set of resources to support data-driven, community-engaging, and successful open-access policy development at institutions everywhere. Please explore and let us know how we can support you.
Some faculty members or administrators are unfamiliar with Open Access. If an open-access policy is under discussion on your campus, or you are involved in beginning such a discussion, it is essential that you provide such individuals with timely, accurate information about the reasons for adopting an open-access policy, and the mechanics for how such a policy would operate in connection with faculty publishing practices. [Read more]
The Internet has brought unparalleled opportunities for expanding the availability of research by bringing down economic and physical barriers to sharing. To take advantage of these opportunities and to further their mission of creating, preserving, and disseminating knowledge, many academic institutions are taking steps to capture the benefits of Open Access by building digital repositories to distribute faculty scholarly articles and other research outputs. [Read more]
How we can help
SPARC offers two types of resources to facilitate campus policy discussions based on the facts about Open Access, including the facts about copyright law and about the compatibility between Open Access and journal sustainability.
- First, please find below our publicly available tools, including the SPARC guide to implementing a campus open-access policy; videos from the SPARC-ACRL forum on the Harvard policy; and background on the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences policy, the first in which U.S. faculty voted unanimously for Open Access to be made the default.
- Also available by request are two documents drawn from the experiences of those who have successfully spearheaded efforts to gain adoption of institutional open-access policies. These include: "Campus open-access policy 'Choice Points'," which touch on all available options in developing a policy, along with recommended steps; and "Responses to common misconceptions about campus open-access policies." Please contact SPARC, via Stacie Lemick at stacie [at] arl [dot] org, to request access to these documents.
SPARC is pleased to coordinate the work of a group of expert advisers who have experience with the process of gaining faculty acceptance for a campus open-access policy and who stand by to answer questions that remain after you have examined these tools. Please contact SPARC, via Heather Joseph at heather [at] arl [dot] org, to be put in touch with the advisory group.
Hal Abelson, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
Michael W. Carroll,
Ray English, Oberlin College
Diane Graves, Trinity University
Lorraine Haricombe, University of Kansas
Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton
John Palfrey, Harvard University
Stuart Shieber, Harvard University
Peter Suber, Earlham College and Harvard University
John Willinsky, Stanford University
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC