McGill Librarians announce support of Open Access movement

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012

Librarians at McGill are proud to announce their support of the open access movement. McGill librarians are granting the McGill University Library a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit.

Specifically, each librarian grants a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license for each of his or her scholarly articles. The license will apply to all scholarly articles written while the person is affiliated with the Library except for any articles accepted for publication before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the librarian entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.

All such work by McGill librarians will be deposited in the institutional repository, making it freely available online.

The library also supports open access by making available all theses & dissertations through its institutional repository, eScholarship@McGill by digitizing rare and unique titles and making them available to the world through its digital collections, and by supporting the publication of open access journals including CuiZine, and the McGill Journal of Education.

For more information go here.


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5 Responses to McGill Librarians announce support of Open Access movement

  1. All theses and dissertations? Are all the authors of all theses and dissertations required to sign over copyright to the university?

  2. OA Week: Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate Effectiveness

    We have now tested the Finch Committee’s Hypothesis that Green Open Access Mandates are ineffective in generating deposits in institutional repositories. With data from ROARMAP on institutional Green OA mandates and data from ROAR on institutional repositories, we show that deposit number and rate is significantly correlated with mandate strength (classified as 1-12): The stronger the mandate, the more the deposits. The strongest mandates generate deposit rates of 70%+ within 2 years of adoption, compared to the un-mandated deposit rate of 20%. The effect is already detectable at the national level, where the UK, which has the largest proportion of Green OA mandates, has a national OA rate of 35%, compared to the global baseline of 25%. The conclusion is that, contrary to the Finch Hypothesis, Green Open Access Mandates do have a major effect, and the stronger the mandate, the stronger the effect (the Liege ID/OA mandate, linked to research performance evaluation, being the strongest mandate model). RCUK (as well as all universities, research institutions and research funders worldwide) would be well advised to adopt the strongest Green OA mandates and to integrate institutional and funder mandates.

    Gargouri, Yassine, Lariviere, Vincent, Gingras, Yves, Brody, Tim, Carr, Les and Harnad, Stevan (2012) Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate Effectiveness Open Access Week 2012

  3. No, in accordance with University policy, the author retains ownership of the work [more information].

    If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about Open Access, please visit our web site.

  4. So, if the author retains ownership, and the author does not it want it to be published on the McGill website, then do you post it there anyway? In other words, was your statement that ALL theses/dissertationss available open access really true?

  5. @Jeffrey Beall: Theses can be withheld temporarily (see Final thesis submission), but yes, eventually, even those are available online. Note that the Library and Archives Canada Theses Non-Exclusive License and the McGill Library Waiver Form must be signed during initial submission of the thesis: This may help you understand how the author can retain copyright while also granting the University a license to provide electronic access to the thesis.

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