May 26, 2022

Faculty at U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Likely to Approve Open Access Publishing Policy Next Month

From The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC):

Faculty leaders at UNC appear likely next month to endorse a new policy that would make it easier for researchers to make their upcoming journal articles available to the public.

A briefing on Friday set the stage for the Faculty Council to vote on the proposed “open access” policy on April 24. Provost Jim Dean would also have to endorse it, and the document would need additional work before actually going into effect.


Co-chair of a task force that studied the idea for more than year, [Biology professor Todd] Vision stressed that participation would remain voluntary.

That ensures that “there’s an opt-out” with “no questions asked,” useful should a professor want or need to publish in a journal that “pushes back” by refusing to take article that also appear in open archives, he said.

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See Also: Open Access Task Force Completes Work; Report and Proposed Resolution Are Now Online (via UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Governance)

Direct to Task Force Report (13 pages; PDF) 

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