In an Op-Ed in the Yale Daily News, fellow classmate Adi Kamdar urges Yale to provide free online access to research and articles only published in subscription based journals and to push its faculty to make their articles available online. Kamdar, president of Students for Free culture, is troubled by the fact that the vast majority of Yale’s research is “locked down and unavailable to the world at large.”
Kamdar cites the Yale faculty handbook to support his point:
“Two of the University’s essential purposes: to impart knowledge and to enlarge humanity’s store of knowledge. Both are clearly inhibited when open publication, free discussion, or access to research are limited.”
What are some schools that have initiated free, open, University-supported collections of knowledge? Harvard, MIT, Stanford School of Education, and the universities of Kansas and Oregon. And Dartmouth, Cornell, and the University of California, Berkeley, have signed onto the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, encouraging their schools to underwrite the fees needed to republish articles in open-access journals.
This makes a lot of sense. What’s the point of going to a large research university without access to the research?