By granting the University license to exercise copyrights for their articles, faculty ensure that copies of their articles can be deposited in K-REx and made open access, even if 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.
Adopting this policy will also demonstrate K-State’s commitment to 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. This policy aligns with K-State's land-grant university mission to provide open access research and share the wealth of knowledge internationally.