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Open Access at Boston University

Welcome to the central information point for open access information, policy, and activities at Boston University.

My CV Information

As of Summer 2016, we are working with IS&T and the CRC Provost’s Office to implement My CV, a system that will track faculty publications, identify publications that fall under the open access policy, and provide an easy way for faculty to deposit articles accepted for publication into our institutional repository, OpenBU. More information about My CV can be found on the project website.

Library Office Hours

During the My CV rollout, BU Libraries will be holding office hours, during which faculty are welcome and encouraged to drop in or call us on the phone, and get help with using the system. Office hours will be held every Tuesday, 11am-12pm. We are also available by appointment; please email Digital Scholarship Services.

  • If you prefer to use the phone, please call Anna Newman at 617.358.8563. If your call goes to voice mail, please leave a message and Anna will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also try Vika Zafrin at 617.358.6370.
  • If you prefer to come in person, please see Vika Zafrin in Room 306F at Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue. To get there, take the elevator by the Circulation desk to the third floor. Out of the elevator, make a left and another immediate left into Bibliographic Services. It’s a big open space with many desks and four small offices along the left-hand wall after the mailboxes. Vika’s office is the second one down on the left. If you get lost, please give her a call at 617.358.6370.

Submit an Article and/or Obtain a Waiver

Are you publishing a scholarly article covered by the BU opt-out open access policy? [Policy text (PDF); FAQ] If you are, and My CV has been rolled out to your academic unit, please submit the final author draft through that system. Otherwise, please submit the final author draft here. Open access options and a waiver choice are included in the form, which should take 2-3 minutes to complete. You are also welcome to email us the article, providing all the information requested on our submission web form.

What’s This All About?

In March 2015 BU Research’s Sara Rimer wrote an article covering the newly adopted opt-out open access policy. We are thankful to Sara for her work on this. We’re happy to answer your questions, many of which are already answered in the FAQs linked below.

Next Steps for Us

As of Spring 2017, we (IS&T and the CRC Provost’s Office, with participation from the BU Libraries and other units) are implementing a phased rollout of the My CV system to the Charles River Campus. University-wide adoption of this Publications module of My CV is expected to take around two years. We appreciate your patience.

Next Steps for You

  • Please read the policy FAQ, which among other things explains how to comply, and also how to opt out for a given article
  • For all future publication contracts it’s a good idea to begin using an author addendum. BU Libraries in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel have prepared a BU-specific Author Addendum, which is based on similar documents used by our peer institutions that are familiar to many publishers. Please note that, whether or not you use the addendum, the policy remains in force. If there is a conflict between the policy and a publication contract you sign after its adoption (11 February 2015), the policy will generally prevail.
  • Please submit any scholarly articles covered by the policy to OpenBU — see above for submission options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources