Academic Policy 1220.00
University of Arkansas Open Access Policy
The faculty, staff and students of the University of Arkansas are committed to disseminating
the fruits of their research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with
that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy:
- Faculty members are encouraged to submit scholarly articles to the University of Arkansas
for deposit in an open access institutional repository. For each article submitted
to the institutional repository and subject to the license revocation exclusion set
out in paragraph 3 below, each faculty member would grant non-exclusive distribution
rights for the article to the University of Arkansas. This grant of non-exclusive
distribution rights would transfer from the faculty member to the University of Arkansas
a nonexclusive, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating
to the article, in any medium, provided that the article is not sold for a profit,
nor that the University of Arkansas would gain any right to authorize others to do
- This policy applies to all scholarly articles, authored or co-authored, while the
person is a member of the Faculty, except for any articles completed before the adoption
of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible
licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.
- The license granted to the University of Arkansas by this policy will in no way interfere
with the rights of a faculty member as the author of the work. Furthermore, the license
granted to University of Arkansas for a submitted article, as described above in paragraph
1, may be revoked by the faculty member for the following reasons affecting the validity
of the article content: unintentional mistakes, inclusion of sensitive data, article
being redacted by the publisher, plagiarism or falsification of data. The license
revocation will occur at the sole discretion of the faculty member upon written/electronic
notification to the Director of the Institutional Repository stating the reason for
the revocation. Upon receipt of the notice of the license revocation, the Director
of the Institutional Repository will remove the article from the institutional repository.
The revocation will be without sanction to the faculty member.
- Consistent with the objective of establishing the institutional repository as an effective
resource to advance knowledge and to heighten the scholarly reputation of the University
of Arkansas, the university reserves the right to make curatorial judgments regarding
acceptance of specific articles for the institutional repository. For example, but
not by way of limitation, acceptance may be limited to articles that have been sufficiently
developed as scholarly pieces appropriate for publication in a recognized journal
and area of scholarship. Further, the university reserves the right to remove articles
for reasons including, but not limited to, institutional findings of plagiarism or
falsification of data, or other forms of research misconduct. The Director of the
Institutional Repository will make reasonable efforts to notify the author of such
- To assist in the open distribution of the scholarly articles, faculty members are
requested to provide bibliographic information and an electronic copy of the author’s
final version of each article to the Director of the Institutional Repository. In
order to ensure that articles are available in a timely manner, it is recommended
that faculty members provide articles within 30 days after the date of publication.
- The Office of the Provost will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving
disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and recommending policy changes
to the faculty from time to time.
- The Office of the Provost will institute a review of this policy three years after
it is first approved and will forward to the faculty for review and adoption any needed
policy changes that result from the review.
- While the institutional repository is designed primarily for scholarly articles, supporting bibliographic material may also be submitted to the Director of the Institutional Repository to consider for inclusion in the repository. Again, inclusion of such material is subject to curatorial discretion by the university.