Open Access

CU Boulder Adopts Open Access

The University of Colorado Boulder has gone public with its recent adoption of an open access policy.

As a result of the new policy, the university will have "nonexclusive, worldwide license to the scholarly work of its faculty including published journal articles and conference proceedings," according to information released by the school.

The aim of the policy is to enable global access to research findings to speed scientific discovery, improve educational experiences, enable innovation and stimulate the economy.

The new policy, similar to those in place at Harvard and the University of California, allows faculty to maintain ownership of their work and makes it available for free via CU Scholar. Users can search by topic, author or sponsoring department or sign up to receive notifications about new work aligned to their interests.

"We are delighted that the Chancellor's Executive Committee has approved an open access policy for the campus that was endorsed by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Council of Deans, and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor," said University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, in a prepared statement. "CU-Boulder proudly joins the ranks of other campuses in higher education that have created such policies in the interest of openly sharing their published intellectual assets."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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