Just a few weeks ago, Florida State University passed an Open Access policy through their Faculty Senate. Now comes the hard part (at least from library outreach perspective)–educating campus as to what this really means for FSU researchers. Yesterday, FSU Libraries posted a very helpful blog post to start things off!
Originally posted with CC-BY license on FSU Libraries WordPress by Sarah Stanley.
Perhaps you are a new professor at Florida State University. And perhaps you have some articles you would like to publish. However, there are a few things getting in your way:
- Publishing contracts often confusing and restrictive, leaving faculty with little control over their work once it has been published
- The journals you would like to publish in often keep your work behind a paywall so that only a fraction of the world’s population can access it (which decreases your the impact of your research)
- Journals that do allow you to make your work openly available often have high article processing charges (APCs) which you can’t necessarily afford
Two recent developments may help you with these conundrums. The first is the Faculty Senate Open Access Policy. This policy was passed by unanimous vote on February 17th of this year. It creates a safe harbor for faculty intellectual property rights by granting FSU permission to share scholarly journal articles for non-commercial purposes. Basically, this gives faculty the language to avoid overly-restrictive publication contracts, and allows them to more easily share their work, despite publishers’ efforts to put scholarship behind a paywall.
The launch of DigiNole: FSU’s Research Repository comes on the heels of the OA Policy, and provides faculty with a platform for making their research publicly available online.DigiNole is an open access repository, which allows anyone to view the scholarship contained within it.
It will be exciting to see Florida State University move forward with the new OA policy on campus.