Promote an open-access policy. Administrators can have a dramatic and lasting impact on scholarly communication by initiating or encouraging faculty to consider an institutional open-access policy. Open Access helps to ensure the best return on research dollars invested by your institution by opening up research results to the widest possible audience. Dozens of institutions – public and private, small and large, all over the globe – are adopting open-access policies. And, as noted above, Open Access Week can be the opportune moment to initiate or wrap up such a move. To learn more about starting a discussion about open-access policies, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/campus.
Create an open-access fund. Campuses everywhere are also creating open-access funds -- a pool of money set aside by an institution to support publication models that enable free, immediate, online distribution of, and access to, scholarly research. Open Access funds can improve access to research and accelerate the online availability of peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journal articles. Institutions such as the University of Ottawa, Universitat Bielefeld, Lund University, University of California-Berkeley, Cornell, and Harvard maintain funds. Open Access Week is the perfect time to get the ball rolling on your campus. To learn more about setting up an open-access fund, policy considerations, and other key issues, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/openaccess/funds.
Sign the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity. Not quite ready to launch an OA fund on your campus, but supportive of the concept? Signal your support by signing the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE). Launched by a group of five key institutions (Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT and UC Berkeley), the initiative is designed help provide a more level playing field for Open Access journals to compete with subscription access publications. More details are available at: http://www.oacompact.org/
Sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. OA week is the perfect time to commit your institution’s support for the overall concept of Open Access by signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access in the Sciences and Humanities. See: http://oa.mpg.de/index.html for additional information.