May 9, 2008
Is HLS Really the First School?
As LLB posted previously, HLS recently announced:
In a move that will disseminate faculty research and scholarship as broadly as possible, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted last week to make each faculty member's scholarly articles available online for free, making HLS the first law school to commit to open access [emphasis added].
A number of people have recently noted, including John Palfrey, that Duke Law School has made its journals available on the web since 1997 and has hosted an open access repository of its faculty's school since December 2005. Dick Danner has an excellent paper on the issue, Applying the Access Principle in Law: The Responsibilities of the Legal Scholar, at http://eprints.law.duke.edu/1698/.
Duke is not alone. Other numerous other law schools are offering open access to their scholarhip, often with the help of their libraries, although this author is unaware whether these schools have an official open access policy. Check out via BePress:
Who else has an official law school policy to make all their scholarly articles freely available online?
Hat tip to Melanie Dunshee.
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