Position Statement From University Press Directors on Free Access to Scholarly Journal Articles

Jun 04 2009 Published by under open access, publishing

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Position Statement From University Press Directors on Free Access to Scholarly Journal Articles:
1. The undersigned university press directors support the dissemination of scholarly research as broadly as possible.
2. We support the free access to scientific, technical, and medical journal articles no later than 12 months after publication. We understand that the length of time before free release of journal articles will by necessity vary for other disciplines.
3. We support the principle that scholarly research fully funded by governmental entities is a public good and should be treated as such. We support legislation that strengthens this principle and oppose legislation designed to weaken it.
4. We support the archiving and free release of the final, published version of scholarly journal articles to ensure accuracy and citation reliability.
5. We will work directly with academic libraries, governmental entities, scholarly societies, and faculty to determine appropriate strategies concerning dissemination options, including institutional repositories and national scholarly archives.
Meredith Babb
University Press of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Thomas Bacher
University of Akron Press
Akron, OH
Michael Burton
University Press of New England
Walter Hildebrandt
Athabasca University Press
Edmonton, Alberta
Jane Hoehner
Wayne State University Press
Detroit, MI
Donna Livingstone
University of Calgary Press
Calgary, Alberta
Phil Pochoda
The University of Michigan Press
Ann Arbor, MI
Mike Rossner
Executive Director
The Rockefeller University Press
New York, NY
Sandy Thatcher
Penn State University
University Park, PA
Bruce Wilcox
University of Massachusetts Press
Amherst, MA


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