October 27, 2021

George Washington University Continues on Path to Make Faculty Research Open Access

From the GW Hatchet (Student Newspaper):

Top administrators will decide this spring whether GW should make research by faculty members freely available online.

The Faculty Senate narrowly approved a resolution Friday to make professors’ scholarly works “open-access resources,” which means they’d be available to the public through a digital platform that GW’s library created in the past year.

If administrators and the Board of Trustees approve it, the change would make it easier for GW to archive research completed on campus, University Librarian Geneva Henry said.


But members of the Faculty Senate have argued that an open-access policy could be difficult for professors who publish in journals that own the copyright to the scholarly works. Highly-regarded journals like the New England Journal of Medicine don’t allow researchers to make the reports available for free because they retain the work’s copyright.

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Primary Documents

Beginning on page 87 of the GW Faculty Senate meeting agenda embedded below you’ll find the resolution and supporting materials re: open access discussed and voted upon at the meeting.

We will update this post with minutes from the meeting when they are released.

George Washington University Faculty Senate Meeting Agenda2-13-15

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.