This Request for Comments & Questions is for the *Draft* AYS Open Access Policy. Below you will see three sections. The first provides background information. The second has the working policy. The third is a Q&A based on the Virtual Town Hall with Peter Suber.
There are three ways to provide comments and questions:
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Please submit any comments or questions no later than October 16, 2020. After, they will be publicly addressed by an ad hoc AYS Open Access Policy Committee and the Dean’s Office.
As part of AYS’s Digital Landscape Initiative, an ad hoc committee was convened to create an AYS Open Access (OA) Policy. This work began during the fall semester of 2019 and continues to this day. AYS is not unique in its pursuit of an OA policy. Currently over 75 schools and universities have rights-retention OA policies. The best policy is one that retains rights with the option of an author waiver (Suber 2012). AYS’s OA policy will be that type, drawing on the Harvard Model Open Access Policy. To learn more about OA policies, read SPARC’s “Responses to Common Misperceptions about Campus Open-Access Policies” and Suber’s “Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies.” To share your thoughts, you can create a “Comment” (i.e., “Post Discussion”) at the bottom of this page; or, email Scott Jacques at email@example.com.
The faculty and staff (FS) of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYS), Georgia State University (GSU), are committed to disseminating their research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the FS adopts the following policy:
Each FS member grants to GSU permission to make available their scholarly writings and to exercise the copyright in those writings. More speciﬁcally, each FS member grants to AYS a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of their scholarly writings, in any medium, provided that the writings are not sold for a proﬁt, and to authorize others to do the same.
The policy applies to all scholarly writings authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the FS, except for any writings completed before the adoption of this policy and any writings for which the FS member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.
The Dean or Dean’s designate will waive application of the license for a particular scholarly writing or delay access for a speciﬁed period of time (i.e., embargo) upon express direction by an FS member.
The Dean’s Office may make the scholarly writing available to the public in an open access repository.
The Dean’s Office will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and recommending changes to the FS from time to time. The policy will be reviewed after three years and a report presented to the FS.
How do I benefit from the policy? Publishers’ copyright agreements limit when and where you can disseminate your “postprints,” i.e. the final version accepted by an outlet. The policy solves this problem. By preempting those agreements, it enables you to instantly share your postprints. Also, it enables you to republish works in additional outlets, such as first in a journal and then in an edited volume.
Why would I want to share my preprints? Publishers paywall our ideas. Few individuals are willing to pay out of pocket; institutions are cutting back on subscriptions, the cost of which increase by about 2% per year. This business model is good for publishers, but bad for you. It limits your readership and impact, especially among policymakers, practitioners, and laypersons. By sharing your preprints, you ensure that anyone can freely read your work and put it to use.
Does the policy affect where I choose to publish? The policy does not restrict where you publish. Actually, it expands where you can publish. This is because, as mentioned above, it enables you to republish works in multiple outlets (in appropriate ways, of course).
Do I have to share or republish my postprints? The proposed AYS policy enables you to do those things, but does not require you to do so.
If I want to share or republish my postprints, do I have to check the publishers’ copyright agreements? Because the policy preempts the publishers’ copyright agreements, it frees you from that responsibility. Without the policy, it is your duty to know and abide by those agreements.
What if I do not want AYS to have a license for a particular work? At any time, for any reason, you can request a waiver from the Dean’s Office. This option is part of the policy.
Will a waiver always be granted? Yes, the waiver will always be granted. This is stated in the policy.
Have policies like these ever stopped someone’s work from being published in a particular outlet? No, to the best of our and Peter Suber’s knowledge.
Have any other universities adopted this type of policy? Yes. Emory adopted it in 2011. Georgia Tech did so in 2012.