Harvard Liberal Arts Faculty Votes to Make Their Research Open Source
Posted on February 13, 2008 Comments (0)
“This is a large and very important step for scholars throughout the country,” Stuart Shieber, a computer science professor who sponsored the motion to adopt the new policy, said in a statement released after the vote. “It should be a very powerful message to the academic community that we want and should have more control over how our work is used and disseminated.”
Discussion of a similar move by the faculties of law, medicine and business are “well under way,” and the other faculties, such as education and government, are expected to consider it, Peter Kosewski, a spokesman for Harvard’s library system, said in an e-mail. No other votes are scheduled.
The policy would spur professors to distribute work free on a Harvard Web site, rather than through journals that charge subscribers “enormous amounts of money,” said Harry Lewis, a professor of computer science at the university. Authors could choose not to share their work on the site and could publish in a traditional journal.
Another good step for those that support science. As I have stated publicly funded universities should require open access. Privately funded universities I believe should decide to do so also, but it should be their choice. Government funded research should require open access publication.
Related: The Future of Scholarly Publication (written in 2005, the future is now) – Howard Hughes Medical Institute Takes Big Open Access Step – Open Access Legislation – Harvard to collect, disseminate scholarly articles for faculty – Science Journal Publishers Stay Stupid – I Support the Public Library of Science – Open Access Journal Wars