August 13, 2020

“A Brief History of Open Access at Harvard” by Peter Suber and Martha Whitehead

From the Harvard Library Office of Scholary Communication by Peter Suber and Martha Whitehead:

This is the first of two related posts. The second will describe our current thinking about open access. (Watch for it around Open Access Week, 2020.) We’re looking forward and want to start by showing where we’ve come from.

For now, this brief history focuses mostly on Harvard’s thinking about subscription journal prices and Harvard’s open access (OA) policies. There are many other OA initiatives at Harvard we might add later, for example on courseware, data, digitization, open-source software, and publishing, as well as our partnerships with larger, multi-institutional initiatives.

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