Statement of Support for Open Access

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Statement of Support for Open Access

The Library Department of Brooklyn College unanimously passed this statement of support for open access on June 8, 2012:

The Brooklyn College Library Department affirms that open access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication, affordable education, and the advancement of knowledge. Accordingly, the Department asks its faculty to make their research available at no cost whenever possible by seeking publishers that have adopted open access policies (i.e., publishers that publish their contents online without restriction and/or allow authors to self-archive their publications in online repositories). Whenever self-archiving is allowed, the Department expects its faculty to promptly self-archive their publications online for all to read and use. When faculty are working with publishers that do not allow self-archiving, the Department encourages them to negotiate to improve publication agreements. Furthermore, the Department encourages its faculty to devote most of their reviewing and editing efforts to manuscripts destined for open access.

For information about open access, including tools that help researchers make their works open access, see Open Access Publishing.

This statement is adapted from the Gustavus Adolphus Library Faculty Open Access Pledge.