All papers by Harvard scholars accepted for publication as of today will be freely available to the public. The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences unanimously passed a linkurl:motion;http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~secfas/February_2008_Agenda.pdf last night (February 12) that requires all arts and sciences faculty articles to be made publicly available. Harvard is the first US university to mandate open access to its faculty publications, Peter Suber, open access advocate, wrote on his linkurl:blog;http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/fosblog.html yesterday. The mandate "should be a very powerful message to the academic community that we want and should have more control over how our work is used and disseminated," linkurl:Stuart Shieber,;http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/shieber/ Harvard computer science professor who introduced the motion, said in a news release from Harvard. "We do research and our goal is to disseminate this research as broadly as possible, nobody disagrees with that," Shieber told The Scientist. "Now we have to figure out the best way to do...
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