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Open Access Policy

Policy Statement

Each Faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grants to the University a nonexclusive, noncommercial, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise, and to authorize others to exercise, any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, for the purpose of making those articles freely and widely available in an open access repository.  This license applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while a Faculty member is employed by the University, except for any articles authored or co-authored before the adoption of this Policy or subject to a conflicting agreement formed before the adoption of this Policy. Each Faculty member shall provide, at no charge, an electronic copy of each article so licensed, ordinarily the author’s final edited version, to the Provost or the Provost’s designee no later than the date of its publication, to be made available to the public in an open-access repository. The Provost or the Provost’s designee will waive application of this policy for a particular article or delay public access to an article for a reasonable period of time upon express direction by a Faculty member.

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, “scholarly articles” are defined as articles that are typically published in scholarly journals where the Faculty member holds the copyright under University policy and where members of the Faculty are authors or coauthors.  For the avoidance of doubt, scholarly articles do not include classroom pedagogical materials or books sold for profit.

Audience

Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reason for Policy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill adopts this policy in order to disseminate the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Scholarly Communications Office of the University Library, or other office designated by the Provost, will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and recommending changes from time to time. The Scholarly Communications Office shall also create and maintain the repository terms of use governing public access to and use of the scholarly articles licensed under this policy.

The Chair of the Faculty will appoint a committee to review this policy no later than three years after its adoption and present a report to the Faculty.

Related Policies and Other Documents

Copyright Policy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Report of the UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Open Access Task Force, March 20, 2015 (see "Attachments" section below)

Contact Information

Policy Contacts

Subject Contact Telephone Email

Guidance on policy

interpretation;

assistance with

submission to the

repository

Anne Gilliland,

Scholarly

Communications

Officer

919-843-3256 agilliland@unc.edu

Oversees the process

of submission to the

repository

Julie Rudder,

Repository

Librarian

919-843-5352 rudder@email.unc.edu

Document History

  • Implementation: January 1, 2016
  • Last Revised Date: May 13, 2016
All revision dates: 5/13/2016
Attachments:

Approval Signatures

Step Description Approver Date
Publication by OEEPM Matthew Teal: University Program Specialist 6/25/2018
Matthew Teal: University Program Specialist 6/25/2018
Step Description Approver Date
Publication by OEEPM Matthew Teal: University Program Specialist 6/25/2018
Matthew Teal: University Program Specialist 6/25/2018
Older Version Approval Signatures