Recent data on use of the papers made available under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy shows that the faculty’s goal of making their research more broadly accessible is clearly being achieved: most countries around the world have downloaded papers made available under the Policy.
Eighty-five percent of the use is concentrated in 20 countries, but downloads in FY11 were requested from most countries in the world. For a collection that was just over 3,000 papers at the time, this wide impact is remarkable evidence of the Policy’s success in making MIT research more widely available.
This good news is being reported in celebration of the second anniversary of the Open Access Articles Collection, which contains the papers under the Policy, and International Open Access Week, which runs from October 24 through 28.
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MIT Faculty Open Access Policy