Stanford's Open Access policy has been approved

November 23, 2020

In its November 19th session, Stanford’s Faculty Senate approved an Open Access Policy for the university.  Stanford has long been committed to openness in research and the adoption of this policy supports that goal.  The policy, based on the Harvard’s Model Open Access Policy and thus in line with the policies at many peer institutions, gives Stanford nonexclusive rights over future scholarly articles, authorizing Stanford to make those deposited articles open access.

With the adoption of this policy, Stanford Libraries will begin the work of establishing an Office of Scholarly Communications for the university to assist with the administration of issues related to Open Access.  In addition, Stanford Libraries will be undertaking updates to the Stanford Digital Repository to better support faculty in depositing their articles.

In addition to the policy itself, a set of Frequently Asked Questions about the policy is available.  I hope the FAQ is helpful but also welcome any additional questions you may have.