"Each Faculty member, for the purpose of making his or her scholarly articles widely and freely available in an open access repository, grants to the University of Illinois a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same. Any other systematic uses of the licensed articles by the University of Illinois must be approved by the Campus Senate. This policy does not transfer copyright ownership, which generally remains with Faculty authors under existing University of Illinois General Rules (Article III. Section 4(a)).
The policy provides the widest possible dissemination for research, enhances benefits to the state, region, and world, while also raising the visibility and profile of the researchers at the University. Under the policy, researchers will retain copyright to their work. Work published before adoption of the policy is exempt from it. Further waiver provisions are available for specific articles upon request.
With this important new policy, the University of Illinois joins other premier research institutions, including Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of California (whose policy serves as a model for the Illinois policy) in affirming the importance of access to high-quality research without barriers to access and use. The policy is based on recommendations from the University of Illinois University Senates Conference (USC) and Senates for the Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign campuses. To view the policy, visit: Policy on Open Access to Research Articles at the University of Illinois. The policy was approved May 19, 2016 by the BOT.
Senator Daniel Biss and Illinois Public Act 098-0295
Public Act 098-0295 or the “Open Access to Research Articles Act” requires that the University of Illinois (along with other public universities in Illinois) establish a Task Force to design a proposed policy regarding open access for the scholarly articles produced at the University. The Act (available here: http://tinyurl.com/zdm6kkz) specifies a number of issues that the Task Force must consider when recommending such a policy.
On November 14, 2013, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees appointed a task force to address the requirements and questions formulated in Illinois Public Act 098- 0295. The University of Illinois Open Access to Research Articles Task Force (OARAA TF) members represented the libraries in Chicago and at Urbana, members of the faculty from all three campuses, university administration, and the University of Illinois Press. Non-voting members included two additional publishers of scholarly journals, as well as individuals with legal and domain expertise. The Task Force reported its recommendations to the University Board of Trustees on November 13, 2014. The Task Force report can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/gtemg8c.
More Information on the Task Force
What were the responsibilities of the Task Force?
Rarely, a publisher requires its authors to opt out of the University of Illinois Open Access Policy for a given article. The policy provides a means for this to be done. To opt out and obtain a waiver for a specific article, simply fill out this brief form notifying the Provost’s Designate of your need and provide the citation for the paper for which you need the waiver.
Deposit your research articles in INDIGO, the University of Illinois at Chicago institutional repository, where they may be efficiently and effectively accessed by researchers around the world, free of charge.
There are several ways to upload your content into INDIGO.
Authors that have deposited their articles in another OA repository (i.e. PubMed Central, arXiv) do not need to do anything further. (The library will still upload it in INDIGO if you desire by emailing us the author’s final version).
Eric Priest, "Copyright and the Harvard Open Access Mandate."
A thorough legal examination of the intellectual property implications and effects of "permission mandates" like the U of Illinois OA Policy.