Author rights and the Harvard open access policies: a response to Patrick Alexander
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CitationSuber, Peter. 2021. “Author Rights and the Harvard Open Access Policies: A Response to Patrick Alexander”. Insights 34 (1): 8. doi: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.543
AbstractIn his opinion piece criticizing the open access (OA) policies at Harvard University, Patrick Alexander makes several factual errors about the policies themselves and Harvard’s experience under them. In response, I discuss several relevant facts about Harvard OA policies, among them that the policies were adopted by faculty votes, not imposed by administrators; that under the policies, faculty only grant Harvard nonexclusive rights to new faculty articles, not exclusive rights or full copyright; that the policy-created Harvard OA license is merely a default that authors can easily waive for any given article; that the policies do not hinder Harvard faculty in publishing and do not limit their freedom to publish in the venues of their choice; and that the policies give Harvard faculty more rights, not fewer rights, over their own work than they typically get from their publishing contracts.
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