The University of Minnesota's policy on Open Access to Scholarly Articles was developed by University faculty, reviewed by several University governance committees, and approved by the Faculty Senate. It is adapted from similar policies at other US institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Duke. (Learn more about other institutions' policies.)

Timeline of the U of MN Policy

  • Spring 2010: The Senate Library Committee (SLC) sends a recommendation to the Faculty Consultative Committee (FCC) to establish a committee charged with considering an Open Access policy
  • Spring 2011: FCC establishes a subcommittee:
  • Fall 2011: FCC subcommittee is reestablished as subcommittee of SLC:
  • 2012: Subcommittee sends the policy to the SLC; SLC endorses policy and sends it to FCC for review
  • 2013: Additional documentation is developed based on FCC comments; FCC and SLC endorse the revised policy
  • 2014: The University Senate hears Open Access to Scholarly Articles Policy and endorses it; the Policy Advisory Committee and Presidents Policy Committee review the policy
  • January 1, 2015: Policy takes effect

"The proposed Open Access Policy recognizes the public benefit of broad and open access to works often available only to the privileged few; this is the same recognition that motivated the founding of America’s great public libraries in the century past. The Open Access Policy is a strong statement that shows the University of Minnesota recognizes an obligation to the public as a publicly-funded, land-grant institution with a mandate to ‘mak[e] the knowledge and resources created and preserved at the University accessible to the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world’."

Jennifer Alexander, Associate Professor History of Science and Technology and Senate Library Committee Chair, in her remarks to the University Senate.

OA Policies at Other Institutions

Many colleges and universities throughout the United States have open access policies. Institutions with similar policies have modified and implemented them as appropriate to the specific needs of their campus. All institutions with similar policies share an aspiration to further access to the products of research and scholarship at their institutions.

Research funders may also have open access policies. These policies are often a prescribed course of action for authors, such as the National Institutes of Health Access Policy which requires deposit of published research results in PubMed Central.

More information about funder and institutional open access policies can be found in the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) and SHERPA/JULIET.


Questions or comments about the policy can be directed to

Questions or comments about open access issues at the University of Minnesota, and in general, can be directed to