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OER: Open Educational Resources

Institutional Open AccessPolicies

Open access policies are increasingly being adopted by individual colleges and universities. These policies typically endorse open access principles and define guidelines by which persons covered by the policy should disseminate research and knowledge, usually through the college or university's institutional repository. The following resources are useful for libraries who may be helping to enact an institutional open access policy or support it after its passage:

Good Practices for University Open Access Policies - this guide, developed by Harvard University, sets forth good practices for college and university open-access policies. It's based on the type of rights-retention OA policy first adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and the University of Kansas. although the guide includes recommendations that should be useful to institutions taking other approaches.

Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) - organization whose members have passed or are working to pass open access policies at their institutions. See also the recently released COAPI Toolkit OA Policy Resources. The public facing version of this site includes various resources under "Files" including documents to assist with policy development, promotion, and implementation.

ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies) - searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates and policies adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require or request their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.

MELIBEA - Open Access Policy Effectiveness Indicator - MELIBEA is a directory and an estimator of institutional open access policies regarding scientific and academic outputs. As a directory, it describes the existing policies. As a estimator, it subjects them to qualitative and quantitative analyses based on fulfillment of a set of indicators that reflect the statements of an institutional policy.

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