Publisher Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What publishers has Harvard negotiated agreements with to clarify the open-access policies and simplify procedures?

Several publishers have either confirmed that their policies are consistent with the open-access policies or have negotiated an agreement to clarify and simplify procedures for publishing articles that fall under the policies. (The first such was an agreement with the American Physical Society.) The Office for Scholarly Communication has made available a list of publishers who are "easiest to publish with."

A model agreement can be found here.

Q: Whom do we contact to learn more about entering into a treaty with Harvard?

Publishers who are interested in negotiating a treaty based on our model agreement are invited to contact the Office for Scholarly Communication.

Q: What versions of articles does DASH make open access?

DASH typically distributes the accepted author manuscript (AAM), and will only distribute the version of record (VOR) with clear permission from the relevant rightsholder. When authors submit preprints, DASH will distribute them as well.

Q: Our standard publication agreement is inconsistent Harvard's open-access license. Does this mean we can no longer publish papers by Harvard authors?

No. When an article is subject to the Harvard license, the author may still transfer non-exclusive publication and other rights to a publisher. The Office for Scholarly Communication invites publishers to accommodate university open-access policies in their author agreements just as they have done for open-access policies at funding agencies.

Alternatively, Harvard authors may use an addendum to make publication agreements consistent with Harvard policies.

Finally, authors may obtain waivers from the Harvard license.

If the paper is in DASH, and if you'd like to discuss the situation, please contact the Office for Scholarly Communication. We'd be happy to talk.

To send a takedown notice, please contact Harvard's DMCA agent. This is the course to take whether the paper is in DASH or on a different Harvard site, such as the website of a faculty member, student, department, or lab. Harvard will handle the notice in a manner consistent with the DMCA.