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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: University Libraries' Open Access Resolution

A library guide with information about Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

WIU Libraries' Open Access Resolution

Open access to research and scholarship is important for scholarly communication. It enables the discovery and free use of information and promotes the development of new ideas. For that reason we pledge to:

  • Inform and discuss scholarly publication issues, including open access, copyright and license agreements and author rights, with WIU faculty, students and staff;
  • Encourage all faculty to publish their research in openly accessible journals whenever possible;
  • Assist faculty who wish to make their research openly accessible by helping them identify potential open access publications and read, understand and amend copyright agreements;
  • Make our own research openly and freely accessible by publishing in open access publications, with publishers that have adopted open access policies, allow authors to amend copyright agreements and/or retain copyright to or self-archive our publications.
  • Give equal consideration to peer-reviewed articles published in open access journals during the PAA, tenure and promotion process.

Approved by the Library Faculty Committee of the Whole October 7, 2010.