Open Access Policy and SOAR

Rutgers University passed an open access policy by a near unanimous vote of the University Senate in October 2012. The Rutgers Open Access Policy may be found in the Rutgers Policy Library.

The policy went into effect on September 1, 2015

Open access at Rutgers showcases University scholarship in one place, preserves access over time, allows authors to retain rights to their works, and ensures greater visibility and impact for Rutgers research worldwide. With this policy, Rutgers joins the ranks of premier research institutions which support open access, and responds to the call for increased public access to taxpayer-funded and university supported research.

The Rutgers Open Access Policy is for all Rutgers faculty and scholars, including doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars. The policy applies mainly to scholarly articles (as the publisher allows), accommodates disciplinary differences, and focuses on public access for readers and researchers. The policy will be prospective, and opt-outs and embargoes can be accommodated for any article. Implementation planning is currently underway.

SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers) has been developed as a convenient website where Rutgers scholars can deposit their work and access further information about open access.
Please visit SOAR at

Additional Information


Find more information on open access at Rutgers, including full text of the Senate report, Senate resolution, and the full text of the Rutgers Open Access Policy. Print a helpful fact sheet about open access at Rutgers here.

If you’d like, check your journal or publishers' policies at the SHERPA/RoMEO website. SOAR staff will research all permissions for you at the time of deposit.


Deposit your publication in SOAR. SOAR is crawled by Google, and ensures access over time. Once it's deposited, you'll receive a permanent link for your article that you can use on your website, CV, courseware, and for social networking. Get usage statistics. Get information about linking your publications with the underlying data..


Last updated: January 6, 2021