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On August 25, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum regarding the open sharing of government-funded research. The memo, Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, issues guidance to all federal agencies to develop plans ensuring that publicly funded… Continue


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Virtual event on Tuesday, October 25 at 3:30pm

Open Access Week event

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 3:30-5:00pm | Register via Zoom

In this virtual panel presentation in honor of International Open Access Week: Open for Climate Justice, Dr. Jessica Varner (University of Southern California) and Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun (Columbia University) come together to discuss their unique interdisciplinary research in the… Continue


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New guidelines explicitly codify open science as a core criteria in tenure and promotion review.

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In a huge step forward for open access at the university, the Department of Psychology has adopted new guidelines that explicitly codify open science as a core criteria in tenure and promotion review. This change was spearheaded by department chair, Michael Dougherty.

Dougherty is quoted in the announcement saying “When you think about the goal and purpose of higher education and why we take these positions, it’s because we felt there… Continue


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News articles on UMD's Department of Psychology - Aligning Open Science with Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition [SPARC] University of Maryland Department of Psychology Leads the Way in Aligning Open Science with… Continue


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Open Access Policy

At its meeting on April 6, 2022, University of Maryland's Senate voted to approve a new institutional policy that will advance equitable, open access to the University's research and scholarship. In alignment with the University's land-grant mission and its social justice values, the new policy, entitled "Equitable Access to… Continue


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Contract extension features open access option for UMD corresponding authors.

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The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a one-year, cost neutral contract extension with Wiley in collaboration with the BTAA.  The agreement extends our existing Wiley Online Library Database Model contract, and includes a new Open Access (OA) option, as a… Continue


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Under this first read and publish agreement, university authors may publish without paying an article processing charge.

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The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a cost neutral, three-year “Read and Publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) in collaboration with our consortial partner NERL (formerly known as NorthEast Regional Libraries). This is the first Read and Publish deal for the Libraries, and became effective 1 January 2022. Under this CUP Read and Publish… Continue


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During their November 5 meeting, the Graduate Student Government (GSG) passed a resolution officially endorsing the proposed policy on equitable access to scholarly research put forth by the University of Maryland Publishing, Access and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) group.

The policy, entitled Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by University Faculty… Continue


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You're invited to join UMD PACT at an upcoming open forum.

Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by UMD Faculty: A Proposed Campus Approach from the UMD PACT Working Group

Researchers and scholars at the University of Maryland are on the front lines, creating knowledge and developing innovative solutions to enhance the lives, well-being, and health of the planet and people across the world. Yet, what… Continue


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Open Access Week 2021

The theme for the 2021 International Open Access Week, October 25-31, is "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.”

This year, all students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate in two virtual sessions on structural equity and open access in research and scholarly publishing. These events are sponsored by UMD PACT and the UMD Libraries. You can also view a list of … Continue


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