May 24, 2022

Research Article: “Strategies for Success: Open Access Policies at North American Educational Institutions” (Preprint)

The following approved for publication preprint is scheduled for final publication in the July 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries (C&RL).


Strategies for Success: Open Access Policies at North American Educational Institutions


Christine Fruin
University of Florida

Shan Sutton
University of Arizona


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Recognizing the paucity of quantitative and qualitative data from North American educational institutions that have pursued open access policies, the authors devised a survey to collect information on the characteristics of these institutions, as well as the elements of the open access policies, the methods of promoting these policies, faculty concerns about the policies, and how those concerns have been addressed. The data collected through survey results from fifty-one institutions can inform the strategic decisions being made by other institutions considering an open access policy and illustrates the essential roles that academic libraries can play in the development and passage of open access policies.

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