May 23, 2022

As 5th Anniversary Approaches, New MIT Libraries Blog Post and Map Celebrates Worldwide Success of Faculty Open Access Policy

From a MIT Libraries News Blog Post by Ellen Duranceau:

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, the benefits to readers worldwide grow more apparent with each passing month.


Thirty-three percent of the access is from the United States, with heavy use from the research and population centers of China, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Republic of Korea, Japan, and France, in that order. But downloads are requested from all over the world — Sweden, Brazil, Poland, Israel, and Malaysia each have accounted for about 1% of the total downloads, while the several hundred downloads from each of the African nations of Sudan, Ghana, and Uganda account for about .02%, .03%, and .04% of downloads, respectively.

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Source: MIT Libraries

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See Also: Comments from Users Around the World About Open Access Articles From DSpace@MIT


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Read the Full Text of MIT Faculty Open Access Policy (Adopted March 18, 2014)

See Also: Videos and Podcasts About MIT Faculty OA Policy

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