In June 2013, the Caltech Faculty Board adopted an Open Access Policy to help disseminate the fruits of Caltech research and scholarship as widely as possible.
To facilitate this policy, the Institute requests each faculty member to provide a copy of each scholarly article to the Provost’s Office, who may make it available to the public in Caltech Library’s open-access repository, CaltechAUTHORS.
After January 1, 2014, the policy automatically gives Caltech a license to any scholarly articles faculty members complete. It also allows faculty to legally make the manuscript of their peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers openly accessible and enables Caltech to help them do so.
The policy applies to 1) all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the faculty (except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and 2) any articles for which the faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy). Students, post-docs, and staff are exempt.
If needed, the Provost will waive application of the Institute’s license for a particular article or will delay access for a specified period of time if requested by the faculty member using the Open Access Policy Waiver.
The Caltech Open Access policy was adopted June 10, 2013 and became effective January 1, 2014. The Faculty Board minutes of June 10, 2013 (restricted to campus) record the discussion and vote on the subject. A press release was published in advance in December 2013.
Caltech's policy is not unique. Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have similar policies. Research funders are supporting such efforts as well. For instance, the National Institutes of Health now require posting of articles derived from research they fund in the open access repository PubMed Central. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Wellcome Trust require any scholarly articles on research they fund to be made openly accessible.
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Caltech has notified the major publishers of Caltech articles about the policy. To be thorough, authors may communicate this policy to their publisher and add an addendum to any copyright license or assignment for scholarly articles, stating that the agreement is subject to this non-exclusive prior license. That way, they will avoid agreeing to give the publisher exclusive rights that are inconsistent with the prior license to Caltech that permits open-access distribution. Science Commons provides a suitable form of addendum for this purpose. Whether you use the addendum or not, the license to Caltech still will remain in effect.
Learn more about the transformative agreements that we have with publishers.
Notifications were mailed to publishers on December 2, 2013.
|ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)||Director of Publications|
|ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)||Publisher ACM Press Books, Journals|
|Acoustical Society of America||Executive Director|
|Acoustical Society of America||Editor-in-Chief|
|American Association of Immunologists||President|
|American Association of Immunologists||Executive Director|
|American Astronomical Society||Director of Publishing|
|American Chemical Society||Executive Director|
|American Chemical Society||President, ACS Publications Division|
|American Economic Association||President|
|American Geophysical Union||Director, Publications|
|American Geophysical Union||Chair, Publications Committee|
|American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)||Senior Editor|
|American Institute of Physics Publishing||Managing Director|
|American Mathematical Society||Associate Executive Director, Publishing|
|American Mathematical Society||Publisher|
|American Meteorological Society||Director of Publications|
|American Physical Society||Editor-in-Chief|
|American Physiological Society||Executive Director|
|American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Executive Director|
|American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Director of Publications|
|American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)||Chair, Publications Committee|
|American Society for Cell Biology||President|
|American Society For Microbiology||President|
|American Society of Mechanical Engineers||Executive Director|
|American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)||Editor|
|Annual Reviews||President and Editor in Chief|
|Association For Research In Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.||Director of Publishing & Communications|
|Association For Research In Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.||Interim Executive Director|
|BioMed Central Ltd||Managing Director|
|BioMed Central Ltd||Editorial Director, Medicine|
|BioMed Central Ltd||Editorial Director, Biology|
|Biophysical Society||Executive Officer|
|Cambridge University Press||Chief Executive|
|Cell Press||Executive Editor|
|Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press Publications||Executive Director|
|Company of Biologists||Member, Board of Directors|
|EDP Sciences||Managing Director|
|Electrochemical Society||Executive Director|
|Elsevier||Senior Vice President and General Counsel|
|European Mathematical Society||EMS Secretariat|
|Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology||President|
|Genetics Society of America||Executive Director|
|Geological Society of America||Executive Director|
|Geological Society of America||Senior Director of Publications|
|Geological Society Publishing House||Director of Publishing, Library, and Information Services|
|IEEE Publications||Staff Director, Publishing Operations|
|IEEE Publications||Staff Executive|
|Institute of Mathematical Statistics||Executive Director|
|Institute of Physics||Chief Executive|
|Institution of Chemical Engineers||Chief Executive|
|Institution of Civil Engineers|
|Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)||Chief Executive and Secretary|
|International Union of Crystallography||Executive Managing Editor|
|John Wiley & Sons, Inc.||Senior Vice President Scientific, Technical, & Medical Division|
|Landes Bioscience, Inc||President|
|Mary Ann Liebert||Publisher|
|Materials Research Society||Executive Director|
|Mathematical Sciences Publishers||Executive Director|
|Mineralogical Society (UK)||Executive Director|
|Mineralogical Society of America||Executive Director|
|National Academy of Sciences||Executive Director|
|Nature Publishing Group||Managing Director|
|Nature Publishing Group||Head of Brand Marketing and Content Licensing|
|Optical Society of America||Chief Publishing Officer|
|Oxford University Press||Chief Executive|
|Oxford University Press||Managing Director, Global Academic Publishing|
|Rockefeller University Press||Executive Director|
|Royal Society of Chemistry||Chief Executive|
|Seismological Society of America||Executive Director|
|Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)||Vice President for Publications|
|Society for Neuroscience||Director of Scientific Publications|
|Society for Neuroscience||Executive Director|
|Society for Sedimentary Geology||Publications & Technology Coordinator|
|SPIE||Chair, Publications Committee|
|Springer Science & Business Media||Executive Vice President STM Professional Medicine|
|Taylor & Francis||Senior Vice President|
|University of Chicago Press Journals Division||Journals Director|
|University of Chicago Press Journals Division||"Chief Manuscript Editor Science Editorial"|
|World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd||Managing Director|