Dartmouth Library Staff Open Access Policy

Approved by the Library Leadership Group on January 15, 2018


The Dartmouth Library staff are committed to disseminating the results of their research and scholarship as widely as possible. In addition to the public benefit of such dissemination, this policy serves Library staff interests by promoting greater reach and impact for scholarly articles, by simplifying authors’ retention of distribution rights, and by enabling long-term preservation of Dartmouth’s record of research and scholarship. This policy allows Dartmouth Library staff authors to post a version of their scholarly work in the Dartmouth Digital Commons.   


The Library staff members voluntarily grant to Dartmouth permission to make their scholarly articles available in the Dartmouth-created open repository, and to exercise the copyright in those articles in order to distribute those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. The Dartmouth Library staff authors remain the copyright owners under this policy, unless and until the author subsequently chooses to transfer all copyrights to another party. Each co-author of a paper holds copyright to the paper and can therefore grant this prior non-exclusive license. 

In legal terms, the Library staff members voluntarily grant to Dartmouth a nonexclusive, royalty­‐free, world-wide license to exercise any necessary rights under copyright law relating to their scholarly articles covered by this policy in order to make them available through the Dartmouth open repository. Under no circumstances may Dartmouth sell the articles. The policy applies to the final peer reviewed, pre-published version, or “accepted manuscript”, of all scholarly articles authored or co-­authored while the person is a member of the Dartmouth Library staff, except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Dartmouth Library staff member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.

A Library staff member can opt out of the policy for any reason for a particular article or delay access to a particular article for a specified period of time.