Harvard University Unanimously Votes 'Yes' for Open Access
Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences has unanimously approved a motion for finished academic papers to be posted for free online, in an open access repository, on an opt-out basis.
The New York Times reported on the measure before the vote, where Stuart Shieber, a professor of computer science and who spearheaded the initiative, commented "As far as I know, everyone I’ve ever talked to is supportive of the underlying principle."
Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University Library, expressed his enthusiasm in an op-ed to the Harvard Crimson, and stated "It will be a first step toward freeing scholarship from the stranglehold of commercial publishers by making it freely available through our own university repository. Instead of being the passive victims of the system, we can seize the initiative and take charge of it."