The resolution for the Libraries, which goes into effect on June 1, 2011, will require librarians and other professional staff members to deposit their published scholarly works into Academic Commons or another repository that makes the work publicly available. By posting articles in an open-access repository, authors are able to make their works freely accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection and discoverable via Google Scholar and other search tools, thus promoting a wider dissemination of research and information.
"The Libraries at Columbia have championed open access to research,” James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, said. "It is appropriate that its professional staff should model this policy and place their works in repositories for wide access and use."
The resolution covers only scholarly journal articles and is not retroactive. There is an opt-out feature built into the resolution, with respect to publishing an article in a journal that insists on exclusivity. The resolution will also cover Health Sciences Library professional staff.
The full open access resolution policy can be found online at scholcomm.columbia.edu/open-access/open-access-policies/columbia-university-libraries-information-services-open-access-policy
For more information on Academic Commons, please visit: academiccommons.columbia.edu.
For more information about the Copyright Advisory Office, please visit: copyright.columbia.edu/copyright.