Open Access Policy for Library Faculty

Whereas the Library Faculty at Appalachian State University recognize the vital importance of open access publishing and archiving for the enrichment and expansion of scholarly communication, we adopt the following policy in order to make our research and scholarly works freely available to the widest possible audience. We, the Library Faculty at Appalachian State University, make the following resolutions:

  • We encourage library faculty to publish in scholarly outlets that are open access or allow open access archiving.
  • Before we sign a publisher’s copyright agreement, we will verify our right to archive the work in the University’s open access repository or other appropriate open access archive, or attempt to retain that right by adding an author addendum.
  • We will submit our scholarship to the University’s open access repository as soon as possible after acceptance for publication.
  • We will promote open access to all faculty on campus and encourage them to archive their scholarly works in the University’s open access repository. 
  • We grant to Appalachian State University Libraries a non-exclusive, perpetual license to archive our submitted works in the University’s open access repository.
  • We grant to the Appalachian State University Libraries the right to migrate one or more copies of our submissions to another medium or format for security and preservation purposes. 
  • Although library faculty are encouraged to archive all of their scholarly works in the University’s open access repository, this policy will apply only to scholarship created after approval of the policy by a vote of the library faculty.
  • Librarians may submit their work to a publication that does not follow open access principles and will not allow self-archiving if, in their judgment, it is clearly the best option at the time.

For examples of open access policies and mandates approved at other libraries and universities, see ROARMAP.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact Paul Orkiszewski, Scholarly Communications Librarian, 828-262-6588.