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Harvard Open Access Project

Harvard Open Access Project

The Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) fosters the growth of open access to research, within Harvard and beyond, using a combination of consultation, collaboration, community-building, and direct assistance. Open access makes knowledge accessible and reusable, accelerates the pace of discovery and discussion, maximizes the return on our investment in research, and speeds the development of all the benefits that depend on research, from new medicines and useful technologies to informed decisions, solved problems, and improved public policies. HOAP was launched in the fall of 2011.

This project is sponsored in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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Oct 16, 2015

Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies

We have worked directly for many years with colleagues at many institutions on policies to facilitate open access to faculty research. We began writing this guide in 2011 to… More

Oct 22, 2013

Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies

Peter Suber and Stuart Shieber release the first print edition of a guide focused on recommendations for university policies on open access to faculty research. More

Jun 1, 2012

Open Access

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright… More

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Dec 17, 2018

Berkman Klein Center Reaffirms Open Access Policy

A Look Back on Open Research Practices

Two decades have passed since we first began using open practices to distribute, communicate, and connect our scholarship with the world More

Aug 28, 2018

Major upgrade for TagTeam, the open-source tagging platform

Announcing a major upgrade to TagTeam, our open-source tagging platform More

Oct 22, 2014

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society Adopts Open Access Policy

With this policy, approved on October 9, 2014, the Berkman Center’s faculty directors and staff join the action of the nine School faculties: granting the University nonexclusive… More

May 21, 2013

Peter Suber to Direct Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication

Succeeds Founding Director Stuart Shieber

The Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Suber as director of the Office for… More

Oct 17, 2012

Good practices for university open-access policies

The Harvard Open Access Project is pleased to release version 1.0 of a guide to good practices for university open-access policies. More

Oct 16, 2012

Open Access Week at Harvard, October 22 - 28, 2012

Celebrating Open Access worldwide

October 22, 2012 marked the beginning of Open Access Week 2012, a six-day celebration and reflection on the global movement to promote “the free, immediate, online access to the… More

Jul 10, 2012

Ask Peter Suber Questions About Open Access for our Upcoming Podcast

To celebrate the release of Peter Suber’s new book, Open Access, the Berkman Center will be conducting an interview with him about his ideas and the themes of the book in this… More

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Searching, Browsing, and Filtering Open Access Content in Digital Collections

A look at the user interfaces of 4 different online libraries

Aug 9, 2018

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Oct 23, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

How to Make Your Research Open Access (Whether You're at Harvard or Not)

Celebrating Open Access Week

How do you make your own work open access (OA)? The question comes up from researchers at schools with good OA policies (like Harvard and MIT) and at schools with no OA policies… More

Sep 11, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Open Access Book Launch

Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the… More

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Point of Contact

Peter Suber



Colin Maclay

Fellows Advisory Board

Urs Gasser