Drake University’s Faculty Senate endorsed an Open Access Policy  at its regular meeting on 17 April 2013. Drake hopes that the endorsement will raise awareness of open access in general and the Drake Institutional Repository (eScholarShare) in particular.
Similarly at the University of Iowa (UI), the Faculty Senate endorsed the CIC Statement on Publishing Agreements  on October 23, 2007. This agreement advocates for authors to retain some rights when they publish so that their work can be placed in an institutional repository.
Just this week University of Iowa officials are showing their strong support for open access publishing by announcing an annual $50,000 fund to cover faculty’s publication fees for open access publishing, which can be as much as $3,000. The fund is offered by the Office of the Provost and UI Libraries. UI will pay up to $3,000 in publishing fees for open access and up to $1,500 fees for “hybrid” open access, journals that require a subscription but allow open access to certain articles for a fee. Read more  …
Open access (OA) works are scholarly and freely available online. Two methods for delivering open access to research articles are open access journals and open access repositories or archives. Open access journals are funded by author submission fees rather than the traditional model of subscriptions. Some traditional journal publishers offer authors a "hybrid" open access option where they can pay a fee so that their articles might be freely distributed to interested readers.
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