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Romance Languages Open Access Mandate

The first humanities department in the world to adopt an open access mandate, the UO’s Romance Languages Department has voted to obligate each of its faculty members to place every peer-reviewed article and book chapter accepted for publication after May 2009 into the open access Scholars’ Bank.

Once the article or book chapter is published, faculty will send electronic versions of their work to the UO libraries, which will then make them available online for free after publication. Among the faculty who have already archived their work in the Scholars’ Bank are Amalia Gladhart and David Wacks.

With this vote, the Romance Languages department removed the final barrier between the field’s newest research results and the student and faculty researchers in high schools, the developing world, and the general public who need them.

[from College of Arts & Sciences article]

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