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Immediate Gratification: Harvard Open Access Decision

I would like to say that I had some hand in this but I didn’t. In fact I had been aware of the internal campaign by Stuart Shieber over the course of the last year but unsure of how it would play out. His success is paramount to the distribution of knowledge. Berkman Fellow Melanie Dulong de Rosnay describes the event in her blog post “Harvard goes Open Access”. Scholars will still have the ability to opt-out of this program. If they want to lose access to their own work then it is their option. Creating an opt-out mechanism however means that a letter has to be sent each time a journal convinces the author to give up these rights. This will be an amazing year for scholarly articles.

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