Open Access Policy passed by faculty

The Faculty and Academic Senate, in its Nov. 27 meeting, passed the addition of the Open Access Policy amendment to the Faculty Handbook.

Debate ensued about the compatibility of this policy with the copyright laws of various journals, as this policy would grant the Georgia Tech Research Corporation a “nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty‐free, worldwide license to exercise any and all copyrights in…scholarly articles published in any medium” by a professor.

However, Co-Chair of the Open Access Committee Ellen Zegura mentioned that the library’s resources, which would facilitate this archival of scholarly work, would allow authors of these articles to better navigate the seemingly legal problems one may encounter.