Rutgers University Open Access Policy Implementation Working Group: Charge

Charge from the Senate Resolution, S-1107, October 2012

This Charge, taken from the report of the Senate Committee recommending the Open Access Policy, was assigned by the Exec. VP for Academic Affairs to the Rutgers University Libraries Advisory Committee (RULAC) in agreement with the VP for Information Services and University Librarian. The RULAC determined at a subsequent meeting that it wanted to create a working group consisting of some members of RULAC and additional members from the Senate RGPAC committee that addressed the development of the Open Access Policy. The oversight of the implementation plan would remain with RULAC until determined otherwise but the EVPAA, VP/UL, or RULAC.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that, in keeping with the report so adopted, the Rutgers University Senate recommends that Rutgers' administration:

  1. adopt the Rutgers Open Access Policy found in Appendix I
  2. charge the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs with establishing an Open Access Policy Implementation Working Group, representing all campuses and constituencies, to develop an implementation plan to:
    1. address administrative governance
    2. establish means to ensure compliance
    3. ensure infrastructure and resources of RUcore, the Rutgers institutional repository, are sufficient to support increased deposits of research output
    4. foster further development of the repository
    5. create a network of research support office staff to answer faculty and scholars' questions on Open Access
    6. investigate options for establishing author funds to facilitate Open Access journal publication [for example, HOPE Fund ( and COPE (]
    7. register the policy in the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) (
    8. formally join institutional peers in the Open Access movement through affiliation with COAPI(Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions), BOAI(Budapest Open Access Initiative), and others
    9. develop programs to educate the Rutgers community in the broader issues of open access and scholarly communication

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