Saturday, September 19, 2009

Compact for Open Access Publishing

Four universities have joined together to form a new iniative entitled Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE) to support open access publishing. Information on the project which includes Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT and my alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, will be found at their website
http://www.oacompact.org/
The point of the project is to support "equity of the business models by committing each university to 'the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds.'"

Universities and colleges are encouraged to join the initiative and sign on in a show of support.

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