Open Access

International Open Access Week

International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research.

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Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge

October 21-27, 2019

See all the 2019 events, and access the presentations and materials from week's sessions on the Open Science Framework Project Site.

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Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge

October 22-28, 2018

See all the 2018 events, and access the presentations and materials from week's sessions on the Open Science Framework Project Site.

Harvard Medical School Open Access Policy

"Each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows of Harvard College permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles."

As of June 18th 2014, all Harvard Faculty members automatically retain a license to freely share their research papers via the Harvard Library's permanent digital archive DASH - Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard. The full text of the open access policy as adopted by the Harvard Medical School faculty is available online at Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication.

Author's Advantage

Using this non-exclusive license to your advantage is easy, and Harvard librarians can assist by quickly depositing your papers into the Harvard DASH system. How can the library help?

  • Allow us to work with you or your Administrative Assistant to identify and deposit your research articles into the DASH online digital repository of Harvard scholarship.
  • Call on us to help explain the questions that publishers may have about the Harvard Open Access Policy and compatibility with their contractual demands.
  • Invite us to visit your department and introduce the benefits of the Harvard Open Access Policy and how it can streamline the NIH Public Access Policy and NIH grant compliance work-flows.
  • Discover how to strengthen your rights as an author by using the Harvard Open Access Policy addendum.

Waivers and Opting Out

Some publishers may ask for waivers from authors who are affiliated with institutions where faculty have adopted Open Access Policies such as Harvard. Due to the flexible structure of the Harvard Open Access policy itself, only one waiver from Harvard is necessary. 


If there are 10 Harvard faculty members who have co-authored the manuscript, and the publisher demands to have "opt-out waivers" from the Open Access Policy, remember that only one of the Harvard authors would need to click into the waiver generator, the other 9 Harvard authors do not all need to go through that same exercise. One single waiver releases the paper from the benefits that the Harvard Open Access Policy would have otherwise provided.


Last Updated: 2019-09-20