Harvard Business School approves open-access policy

After coming from a conference where all of the publishers want to know how to make money if they give things away for free, it was nice to find this news item:

Two years to the day after the Faculty of Arts and Sciences became the first school at Harvard to vote an open-access policy, the Harvard Business School enacted their own policy on February 12, 2010, becoming the fifth Harvard school with a similar policy. Under the HBS policy, Like the previous policies, faculty agree to provide copies of their scholarly articles for distribution from the university’s DASH repository and grant the university a waivable license to distribute the articles.

The more colleges that enact open access policies the more accessible reliable research papers will become to those who can’t afford to pay for professional journals and/or databases.


  1. It is very surprising to me that Harvard Business School passed an open access policy. Isn’t that school the publisher of the Harvard Business Review? The HBR, and specifically their “Case Studies” product is one of the strictest publishers there is about making sure you pay them for every use — for instance, a library supplying a HBR Case Study to another library via ILL is specifically disallowed by them, I believe.

    Very odd. I guess it’s no surprise that the actual school faculty are kind of a seperate thing than the Harvard Business Review, but I wonder how that will all play out… like when a School faculty has an article in the HBR or their case studies, and the school’s open access policy comes up against the HBR’s strict control of their content. This could happen with any author of course, but seems particularly ironic if the author’s school… is the publisher of the journal.

  2. I did not know that about the journal – but that is a really good question – guess we might just have to wait and see…

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