Our group wanted to figure out the state of Open Access (OA) at Yale, and what it would take to improve it. Our project basically consisted of three phases:

  1. Research to figure out what the norm is at other universities and with what, exactly, Yale should be compared.
  2. Research among Yale faculty; we spoke with seventeen different professors and got their opinions about OA, and found out their concerns
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  3. Compilation and presentation, including a draft of an OA proposal.

We read about OA, finding some really excellent resources (SPARC, Peter Suber, OASIS) in the process. Then we talked to seventeen professors (none of the administrators we tried to talk to were available, unfortunately). We listened to some of their concerns about OA (mostly arising from misconceptions about the peer-review process for OA journals), heard their opinions, found out what the general perception is. To summarize: we found that most of them had some sort of idea what OA was about. Several were enthusiastic, most were willing to give it a try, and only a few were skeptical. This is intended to go beyond a simple class project: we’d like to extend it to an effort to get an actual organized OA campaign going here. That shouldn’t be too hard; professors didn’t mind the idea, and there are enough people high up willing to listen (and enough people down low willing to talk) that we could get something really moving.

Our research and our results are available at http://openaccess.its.yale.edu. Check it out!

-James, Christian, Adi, Evin, and Ben

EDIT: Okay, the link works now. It doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to, and I blame Apache for that. I’ll redo the server setup and fix it before converting this from “class project” to actual “project”.

2 comments to “OA@Yale”

  1. Brian L says:

    Great work! I think your group presents a very strong, compelling case for OA and your statistics show that there is considerable support and interest in adopting OA policies at Yale.

    I have one question for your group. In your proposal. you say that the “The Provost’s Office may make the article available to the public in an open-access repository.” Does this mean that all scholarly articles should be published in a centralized Yale-administered open-access repository or that the Office of the Provost should be charged with ensuring that articles are uploaded to any of the already existent depositories (like http://arxiv.org/, for example)?

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