Thursday, May 8, 2008

InfoBrief: Open Access at Harvard Law School

Greetings everyone,

Many of you will probably be familiar with Harvard Law School's announcement yesterday regarding their unanimous vote to provide open access to all their scholarly articles.  From the press release:
In a move that will disseminate faculty research and scholarship as broadly as possible, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted last week to make each faculty member�s scholarly articles available online for free, making HLS the first law school to commit to open access [emphasis added].
This statement is not quite correct.  Duke has made its journals freely available on the web since 1997 and has hosted an open access repository of its faculty's school since December 2005.  There are likely other law schools that have open access policies as well.  Which begs the question:  Does Cornell Law School need an open access commitment?


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Julie M. Jones, JD, MLIS
Research Attorney and Lecturer in Law
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