In 2009 the MIT faculty adopted a powerful and effective open access policy, which, through a license to MIT, allows authors to legally make their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts freely accessible through the open access repository DSpace@MIT and other venues.
As of April 2017, all MIT authors, including students, postdocs, and staff, have access to the same powerful means of retaining rights, via an “opt-in” open access license.
Below is a voluntary, opt-in license that mirrors the language of the faculty open access policy. As with the faculty policy, the opt-in license allows you to retain control of the copyright in your writings. You are instead granting to MIT permission to hold onto rights that you can use to legally make your work openly accessible. It applies to all scholarly articles written by an author after signing the license and while affiliated with MIT.
Authors covered by the MIT faculty open access policy do not need to sign this license.