Wednesday, May 27, 2009

First Humanities Department to Mandate Open Access -- University of Oregon Department of Romance Languages

Peter Suber's Open Access News site reports that faculty members of the University of Oregon's Department of Romance Languages have chosen by unanimous vote to require that faculty provide electronic copies of their publications for self-archiving in the University of Oregon institutional repository, UO Scholars' Bank. This is the first open access mandation by a humanities department in the world. Waivers must be requested.

From the mandate text:
Every Romance Language tenure-track faculty member is required to self-archive in UO Scholars’ Bank a postprint version of every peer-reviewed article or book chapter published while the person is a member of the Romance Languages faculty. The URLs of these postprints will be included in all materials submitted internally to the Romance Languages Department for purposes of review and promotion.

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