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Spotlight: Harvard Library and MIT Libraries provide recommendations for Plan S implementation

Plan S is an initiative for open access that was launched in September 2018. It requires that, from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by cOAlition S members must be published in compliant open-access journals or platforms, or deposited in compliant open-access repositories. cOAlition S, a group of national research funding organizations and charitable foundations who have agreed to implement the 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way, has solicited public feedback on its  guidance for implementation. Harvard Library and the MIT Libraries have jointly issued the following recommendations in response.

Spotlight: Celebrate Public Domain Day with the MIT Libraries

January 1, 2019, is the first time in 20 years that works published in the U.S. have entered the public domain. Works in the public domain are free for anyone to read and use, and are a vital resource for creators to build from. Did you know that public domain images on Wikipedia, if they […]

Spotlight: MIT Libraries collaborate on new Public Access Submission System

Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries, in collaboration with the Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication, the MIT Libraries, and with inspiration from Jeff Spies, formerly of the Center for Open Science, have developed the Public Access Submission System, or PASS. The innovative web application helps researchers comply simultaneously with the open access policies of both their funders and their institutions.

“We developed PASS as part of the launch of the open access policy at Johns Hopkins University, but recognize that it can help researchers at any institution,” said Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums and co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Open Access Committee. “We are proud to partner with our colleagues at Harvard and MIT to develop a seamless and efficient platform that facilitates the free sharing of knowledge.”

Spotlight: MIT Open Access Task Force releases white paper

The ad hoc task force on open access to MIT’s research has released “Open Access at MIT and Beyond: A White Paper of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research,”  which examines efforts to make research and scholarship openly and freely available. The white paper provides a backdrop to the ongoing work of the task force: identifying new, updated, or revised open access policies and practices that might advance the Institute’s mission to share its knowledge with the world. 

Read more about the paper in the MIT News. The report is available as a PDF on the OA task force website, and in HTML on PubPub

Spotlight: MIT and RSC Sign First North American “Read and Publish” Agreement

The MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry have signed a groundbreaking license agreement that incorporates elements of a traditional subscription purchase and open access to scholarly articles. The experimental two-year agreement is seen as an important step on the path toward making more research freely and openly available to the world. More information on how it works for authors.

Spotlight: Happy Fair Use Week 2018

In celebration of Fair Use Week, the MIT Libraries are hosting two events:

  • Fair use game show
    February 27, 3-4pm, 3-133.
    Join us for food, fair use, and fun! Expert panelists will make arguments for and against fair use and the audience will vote: Fair use or not? Refreshments provided.
  • Make a fair use kaleidocycle
    February 28, 10am–3pm, Lobby 10.
    We’re hosting a table where we’ll chat about fair use and give away handy fair use kaleidocycles that you can make at the table or take home. (See how it works here, or download the template).