The Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy

The Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy document and associated materials are on the Council on the Libraries web page under Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy. The policy was approved by the Thayer School of Engineering in March 2013, by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences in April 2015, and by the Faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine in October 2015. The Council on Libraries at Dartmouth offers advising on the implementation of the Open Access Policy.

What is the purpose of the Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy Resolution?

This policy provides for scholarly journal articles to be made open access in the long term via the institution’s open repository, Dartmouth Digital Commons, through grant of a license on the part of the faculty to Dartmouth prior to publishing their work. Authors own the copyright to their work so can grant this prior license to the institution before they sign the copyright or license transfer to the publisher.

It does NOT require faculty to publish in open access journals. Faculty continue to send their work to whatever journals they choose.

What does the Policy do?

  • Allows faculty to share their scholarly articles in Dartmouth Digital Commons’ Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles Series
  • Allows for sharing on the web, reuse in publications, and for course readings-legally!
  • Allows the institution to provide long-term preservation of faculty scholarship

Still curious…? Watch Ideas to Apples: an open access story, is an animation created by Lizzy Rogers (former Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellow) in collaboration with members of the Open Dartmouth Working Group to explain Dartmouth’s open access policy and the important role that it plays in supporting innovation and progress in society.