Initiative to Adopt an Open Access Publication Policy for Faculty

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Zhang, Jingping; Sheret, Larry
Open Access Policy; peer-reviewed manuscripts; institutional repository; Marshall University; Library and Information Science; Scholarly Communication; Scholarly Publishing; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Of the 8,785 items in Marshall University’s institutional repository Marshall Digital Scholar (MDS), 1758 are research items published by our faculty. Marshall has 1021 full & part-time faculty members and 270 are currently participating in MDS by offering their research items to be uploaded to the repository. Roughly 25% of Marshall faculty members have profiles and research items in MDS. Publishers have permitted a version of faculty articles to be reposted in MDS 75% of the time, but only two-thirds of the permitted articles are actually uploaded into the repository. Authors do not always retained their peer-reviewed manuscripts. It has been proposed that faculty be required to submit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts to the repository. This presentation details the number of ways that an open access publication policy would lead to significant repository growth and impact.