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MIT Goes Whole Hog For Open Access

Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty members have unanimously voted to post their scholarly manuscripts in a free repository on the Web.

The peer-reviewed manuscripts will be posted in the university’s DSpace repository on the date of journal publication. Authors can opt out of the agreement on a paper-by-paper basis.

Harvard University’s arts and sciences faculty members established a similar policy back in February 2008.  But MIT notes in an announcement that the new policy is the first faculty-driven, university-wide initiative of its kind in the U.S.

Is your own university considering a similar move?

How necessary is this type of policy? In other words, how often do you have trouble accessing a paper you want to read?

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