[Irtalk] KAUST goes open access

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 10:28:33 SAST 2014

Institutional open access (OA) policies are a primary tool in the effort to
allow academics to retain control of their own work. MIT and Harvard were
the first to adopt such policies; now hundreds of institutions have similar

In short, the policy ensures that KAUST has non-exclusive rights to
distribute all research done at KAUST. This right precedes any publishing
or copyright agreement terms. It also places a responsibility on KAUST
faculty to provide a pre-print of each paper to the library.

*The policy has nothing to do with publishing in open access journals
(so-called Gold OA)*. Authors continue to publish in the same manner as

KAUST’s OA policy is based closely on the text recommended by the Harvard
Open Access Project (HOAP). HOAP was an extremely valuable resource for us
in developing a policy and convincing the faculty, administration, and
legal team to approve it.

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