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Open Access Journals and the Illinois Open Access to Research Articles Act  

Learn about Open Access Scholarly Publishing, and the Illinois law signed by Governor Quinn in August 2013.
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Implications of the Open Access to Research Articles Act

Thank you to Linda Zellmer, Government Information & Data Services Librarian, Western Illinois University for summarizing the bill:

The ...bill states that universities will have to establish open access task forces by January 1 of next year, and that they will have to study a number of issues (see below). The members of the task force will be appointed by the Chair of Board of Trustees and include members representing the university library, faculty, administration and campus labor organizations. The task forces are also supposed to include a non-voting member(s). Quoting from the bill "The non-voting members shall include, without limitation, a member representing publishers who publish scholarly journals."

The task forces are supposed to consider how each public university can best further the Act's open access goals, review how peer institutions and the federal government are addressing open access issues, ensure that any institutional or statewide policies are consistent with steps taken by federal grant-making agencies; and consider academic, legal, ethical, and fiscal ramifications of and questions regarding an open access policies.

The reports will have to address a number of issues, which are outlined in the bill:

"(1) the question of how to preserve the academic freedom of scholars to publish as they wish while still providing public access to research;

(2) the design of a copyright policy that meets the needs of the public as well as of authors and publishers;

(3) the design of reporting, oversight, and enforcement mechanisms;

(4) the cost of maintaining and, where applicable, creating institutional repositories;

(5) the potential for collaboration between public universities regarding the use and maintenance of repositories;

(6) the potential use of existing scholarly repositories;

(7) the fiscal feasibility and benefits and drawbacks to researchers of institutional support for Gold open access fees (where publication costs are covered by author fees rather than by subscription or advertising fees);

(8) the differences between academic and publishing practices in different fields and the manner in which these differences should be reflected in an open access policy;

(9) the determination of which version of a research article should be made publicly accessible; and

(10) the determination of which researchers and which research ought to be covered by an open access policy, including, but not limited to, the question of whether a policy should cover theses and dissertations written by students at public institutions; research conducted by employees of State agencies; research supported by State grants, but not conducted by employees of public institutions or State agencies; research materials digitized using State funding; data collected by covered researchers; research conducted by faculty at institutions that receive Monetary Award Program grants under Section 35 of the Higher Education Student Assistance Act; research conducted by part-time, adjunct, or other non-permanent faculty; research at least one of whose co-authors is covered by the policy; research progress reports presented at professional meetings or conferences; laboratory notes, preliminary data analyses, notes of the author, phone logs, or other information used to produce final manuscripts; or classified research, research resulting in works that generate revenue or royalties for authors (such as books), or patentable discoveries." 

The task force will have 1 year to complete the work.


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S.B. 1900 (Illinois) Open Access to Research Articles Act

Senator Daniel Biss (D) - 9th District, Skokie, IL introduced Senate Bill 1900 Open Access to Research Articles Act, in the 98th General Assembly, 2013. It was signed by Governor Quinn in August, 2013. 

California Bill 609 Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act

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