KU ScholarWorks

April 8th, 2005 by Ross Scaife

Steven Harnad reports on the BOAI list that

The University of Kansas has become the first US University to adopt a university-wide open-access self-archiving policy. The policy is registered and described at:

http://www.eprints.org/signup/fulllist.php

Other universities and research institutions are encouraged to follow suit:

http://www.eprints.org/signup/sign.php

The University of Kansas OA policy is the culmination of many years of relentless effort on the part of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, David E. Shulenburger:

http://www.arl.org/arl/proceedings/133/shulenburger.html

Peter Suber has more on this story:

In a March 25 memorandum explaining the resolution, Provost David Shulenburger urged Kansas faculty to deposit their research output in the institutional repository, ScholarWorks. Excerpt: ‘KU ScholarWorks, a digital repository, is now available as a convenient site in which to place your published work, working papers, datasets, and other original material. Items placed in KU ScholarWorks will be archived permanently and will be available to search engines like Google and Google Scholar. Many studies demonstrate that articles that are available electronically are cited in other publications at four or more times the frequency of works that are not available electronically. It is in your interest and the University’s to populate KU ScholarWorks with a complete set of KU faculty’s scholarly output.’ Shulenburger also suggests language to use in a copyright transfer agreement to reserve the right to deposit work in ScholarWorks.

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