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U of G endorses MIT’s Framework for Publisher Contracts

Librarians, faculty, research administrators and research funders are working collaboratively to transform a system of scholarly publication practices that are more than 300-years-old to one that is economically sustainable and ensures the widest possible readership for publicly funded research.

Scholarly research benefits society. Universities fund much of that research with taxpayer dollars. With the consolidation of publishing into the hands of a small set of for-profit publishers, many who continue to report substantial annual profits, the current system is unsustainable,” said Rebecca Graham, university librarian.

There are multiple paths to open access (OA), and the library is committed to making informed choices about spending the University’s money in ways that advance progress toward open access.

Since 2017 the University of Guelph Library has allocated 1 per cent of the collections budget to open initiatives in order to transform the scholarly communication landscape into a sustainable, diverse, and equitable one. We focus on providing support to organizations working within three areas: advocacy, content, and infrastructure. Learn more about how we support open scholarship at U of G.

We endorse the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, to signal that we will seek publisher agreements that ensure:

  • No author will be required to waive any institutional or funder open access policy to publish in any of the publisher’s journals.
  • No author will be required to relinquish copyright, but instead will be provided with options that enable publication while also providing authors with generous reuse rights.
  • Publishers will directly deposit scholarly articles in institutional repositories immediately upon publication or will provide tools/mechanisms that facilitate immediate deposit.
  • Publishers will provide computational access to subscribed content as a standard part of all contracts, with no restrictions on non-consumptive, computational analysis of the corpus of subscribed content.
  • Publishers will ensure the long-term digital preservation and accessibility of their content through participation in trusted digital archives.
  • Institutions will pay a fair and sustainable price to publishers for value-added services, based on transparent and cost-based pricing models.

Have questions or want to learn more about becoming more open at U of G? Email us at library@uoguelph.ca