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As a public research university, we recognize that sharing the results and knowledge produced at the university is essential to the research process. Sharing research is at the very core of the mission of Kansas State University as a land-grant institution.  This policy will demonstrate Kansas State University’s Libraries commitment to open access (OA).  Learn more about open access.

Over 30 universities in the US have adopted open access policies, including Harvard, MIT, the University of California, Stanford, and other top research institutions. Similarly, more federal agencies are requiring that results of funded research projects be freely available to the public.  Issued last year, the Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) “encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals.”  The ACRL policy encourages green archiving as soon as possible for authors publishing in subscription journals and for authors to make a variety of their scholarship available as open access.  By granting the university license to exercise copyrights for their articles, faculty and staff ensure that copies of their articles can be deposited in K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) and made open access, even if later restricted by the publisher’s copyright transfer agreement. In essence, faculty are giving the university permission to make their articles open access, and this permission prevails, in a legal sense, over any subsequent agreements a publisher may ask the author to sign. 

Policy on Open Access to Faculty and Staff Scholarly Articles 






Article Ingest Workflow

1 Waivers are applied on a case-by-case basis of each individual article.

2  Opt-out options are applied to the author as a whole and will apply to all the author’s articles after written notification is received.

Approved 05/31/2017