Answered By: Ellen Phillips
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2018     Views: 76

The goal is expressed in the first line of the policy: “The Faculty of Boston University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.”


The benefits of an opt-out policy to BU are many:

  • Increased visibility for BU’s research, taking better advantage of existing publisher open access policies. This aligns closely both with the One BU philosophy and with the aims of the Campaign for Boston University.
  • More clearly defined and robust institutional support for helping faculty deposit papers and for negotiating with publishers. Infrastructure to better support the scale at which BU operates.
  • Reduced ambiguity for authors regarding what to submit to our institutional repository OpenBU.
  • Closer alignment with our AAU peers (see below for a list of AAU institutions that have adopted similar policies).
  • More complete capture of faculty publications should allow us to integrate the repository with the faculty annual reporting system, making it easier to fill out annual reports.



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