What is HOAP

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  • Sometimes HOAP needs a print handout, for example, to distribute at a Berkman Center Open House. Any useful handout would include URLs, and any print handout with URLs ought to have an online counterpart in which the URLs become active links. Voilà! This is a wiki version of our latest handout text.




The Harvard Open Access Project works on four fronts:

  1. We foster OA within Harvard by working closely with the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication.
  2. We foster OA beyond Harvard by consulting pro bono with universities, foundations, publishers, scholarly societies, governments, and other organizations considering OA policies.
  3. We undertake research and policy analysis on OA
  4. We provide OA to timely and accurate information about OA itself, for example, through the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) and the Open Access Directory (OAD).

Our work on the first two fronts has resulted in our guide to Good practices for university open-access policies.

Since 2011, HOAP has consulted, or is consulting, with 27 universities on four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America), with 13 journals or publishers, and with 18 other organizations or projects.



  • Make your own research OA, talk with us if you're unsure how to do so, and spread the word.
  • Harvard faculty, students, and fellows, especially Berkman fellows: If your own research or activism focuses on any topics overlapping with OA itself, we'd be happy to work with you on common interests.