The Office for Scholarly Communication spearheads campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. With support from OSC, all Harvard schools have now adopted open-access policies for new scholarly articles by faculty. Harvard research centers have also begun to adopt open-access policies, including the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

The OSC also runs supporting programs such as:

  • DASH, Harvard's open-access repository;
  • HOPE, a fund to reimburse processing fees for articles published in fee-based open-access journals;
  • COPE, a multi-university compact to underwrite publication charges for fee-based open-access journals;
  • ETDs @ Harvard, the University's electronic thesis and dissertation submission system, managed by each participating school and maintained by the OSC;
  • Harvard's Copyright Advisory Program, including the Copyright First Responders.