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VI. Open Access Policy – May 2017 Library Committee

The Faculty of Vassar College is committed to disseminating its research and scholarship as widely as possible.  The Vassar College Libraries endeavor to make eligible faculty work publicly available in an open-access online repository.

Each member grants to Vassar College permission in the form of a nonexclusive, worldwide license to reproduce and publicly distribute, via Vassar’s institutional repository, each of their peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, provided that the articles will not be sold for profit.  Each faculty member is expected to provide an electronic copy of the accepted manuscript of each article to the repository in an appropriate format as specified by the Vassar College Libraries.

The policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Faculty of Vassar College; work complete prior to appointment at Vassar can be submitted at the faculty member’s discretion.  For articles with copyright restrictions, and/or upon the express direction of the faculty author, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty will not apply the policy for a particular article or delay access for the necessary period of time.  In collaboration with the Library Committee, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty will be responsible for interpreting and applying this policy.