Open Access Policy [Draft]


The Faculty of Smith College is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. An Open Access Policy establishes the rights of Smith College Faculty to preserve and distribute their work in a college digital repository openly accessible to the public.  In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy.


Each Faculty member grants to Smith College permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles. More specifically, each Faculty member grants to Smith College a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others, including Faculty members, to do the same. The policy applies to 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 any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. The Provost/Dean of the Faculty or Provost/Dean of the Faculty’s designate will waive application of the policy for a particular article or delay access for a specified period of time upon written direction by a Faculty member.

Each Faculty member will provide an electronic copy of the author’s final version of each article for which no waiver has been obtained no later than the date of its publication at no charge to the appropriate representative of the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty in an appropriate format (such as PDF) specified by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty.

The Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty may make the article available to the public in an open-access repository. The Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and, in consultation with the Committee on the Library, recommending changes to the Faculty from time to time.