Faculty Senate Discussion

Open Access

Filed under Open Access by salvers@ufl.edu on February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

The University Library Committee (ULC) proposed that the University of Florida consider adopting an Open Access Policy that is consistent with the guidelines outlined in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. The ULC draft (and revised draft) policy on Open Access were sent to the college deans to be circulated to the college faculty for their comments.

All faculty are encouraged to review the ULC proposal and contribute your ideas by adding a comment below.

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Please note that comments are invited here as a fact-finding process, and that debate of issues that might come before the Senate are reserved for public meetings. Accordingly, independent statements are encouraged, but not replies to other comments. Since comments are routed through the Faculty Senate office, there may be a brief delay before your comment is posted.

Marc Heft
Chair, Faculty Senate

One Response to “Open Access”

  1. barletta says:

    I don’t see an “opt out” clause in the draft. The only way to do this is to file paperwork, after contacting the journal and receiving a refusal. Why not have an “opt in” policy, which takes the burden off faculty?
    The problem for those of us in the humanities is that we may not have journals that allow open access. The premier journal in my field relies heavily on subscriptions for support. I know this because I am on the Governing Board of the parent organization. The journal cannot afford to publish articles that will then be open to all on a regular basis. Therefore this policy discourages UF faculty from submitting to some of the finest journals. The German journals in my field are not even submitted to JSTOR, and therefore requesting open access from them may exclude my work from consideration.
    Also, because I use visual materials in my articles, I need to get permission for publication, which is dependent upon the number of copies printed. With open access, it will be harder to get that permission and certainly more expensive. Who will pay for this?
    Finally, I write on Greek art. The Greeks hold copyrights on their monuments. It is difficult enough to get permission to publish my own photos of their monuments for a “normal” print run. Again, open access will present even more problems.
    This just isn’t a good policy for many UF faculty.

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