On January 1, 2015, the University of Minnesota adopted a policy on Open Access to Scholarly Articles. This policy, initiated by faculty members and approved by the Faculty Senate, provides new options for University authors to promote access to research and scholarship, at the University of Minnesota and around the world. It is a manifestation of our mission as a public, land-grant institution to make "the knowledge and resources created and preserved at the University accessible to the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world."

What Authors Need To Know

  • The policy grants the University a limited, shared right to make articles that are the result of University research available to the greater world. However, authors retain copyright ownership.
  • Requests to waive application of the policy are automatically granted.
  • The policy provides new options for authors who wish to make their work available, but authors need not take any action unless they wish to share their works.
  • Authors are still able to publish in the venues of their choice, and to choose whether or not make their work openly available.
  • This policy only affects scholarly articles created after January 1, 2015.

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Any other questions? Contact openaccess@umn.edu!

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