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Spotlight: New milestones for open access policies at MIT

MIT has reached a new open access milestone: 46 percent of faculty members’ articles published since the OA policy passed in 2009 are now being shared in the Open Access Articles Collection of DSpace@MIT. (Last year, the number was 44 percent.)

As well, earlier this month, the MIT Libraries celebrated making live in DSpace the first paper to rely on rights retained under the new MIT authors’ opt-in open access license. The license was announced by MIT’s vice president for research, Maria Zuber, in April.

“Thrilled to be offering the inaugural paper,” wrote Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media in the Media Lab, in an email. Zuckerman, a professor of the practice, signed the opt-in license soon after it was announced.

After his paper appeared in the OA collection of DSpace, Zuckerman tweeted his support and asked fellow MITers to sign the open access license too.

“So happy that @MIT is now offering #openaccess licenses to all community authors, not just faculty. Big, important step forward,” he wrote. “Hey @civicMIT , @medialab and @mit_cmsw grad students – you can now archive OA versions of your pre-press works at DSpace. And you should.”

As of the end of July 2017, there were more than 25,000 articles in MIT’s OA collection—a nearly 20 percent increase over last year at that time—and users have downloaded those articles more than 8.1 million times.

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