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Open Access FAQ

Information and resources addressing frequently asked questions on open access.

What is an Open Access policy?

Recently, a number of institutions have issued policies detailing their support for Open Access.  These OA policies set forth guidelines for this support.  Typically, these policies revolve around an institutional repository that collects all of the work produced at that institution using a Green OA model.

An OA policy may:

  • declare support for OA publishing.
  • require authors to deposit their works in the institutional repository.
  • limit publishing choices because of that requirement.
  • provide means of funding fee-based OA.
  • clarify which rights will remain with the author, which will be transferred to the publisher, and which will belong to the institution.

How are other institutions responding? (An incomplete list)

This incomplete list of Open Access policies from Vassar's peer institutions, and others with unique policies, is intended to provide examples.  Many of the policies are based at least in part on a template of model policy language from Harvard.  MIT, Duke, Stanford and many other institutions too numerous to list have also adopted open access policies.