The Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University is committed to
disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as
possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the
following policy: Each Faculty member grants to the President and
Fellows of Harvard College permission to make available his or her
scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles. In
legal terms, the permission granted by each Faculty member is a
nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any
and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly
articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same,
provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. The policy will
apply to all scholarly articles written 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 Dean or the Dean's designate will waive application of
the policy for a particular article upon written request by a Faculty
member explaining the need.
To assist the University in distributing the articles, each Faculty
member will provide an electronic copy of the final version of the
article at no charge to the appropriate representative of the Provost's
Office in an appropriate format (such as PDF) specified by the Provost's
The Provost's Office may make the article available to the public in an
open-access repository. The Office of the Dean will be responsible for
interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its
interpretation and application, and recommending changes to the Faculty
from time to time. The policy will be reviewed after three years and a
report presented to the Faculty.
The Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication http://osc.hul.harvard.edu/osc.php has updated two of the FAQs on the university's OA mandates.
From the Procedural FAQ:
From the Policy FAQ:
What do I have to do to comply with this policy?
Here is the one-line answer: ADDENDUM or WAIVER but in any case DEPOSIT....
Whether or not you included the addendum or the publisher accepted it, you
should always deposit the author's final version of your article in the
Should I include my article in the Harvard repository even if I have gotten a
waiver for it?
Yes. The repository accepts not only articles covered by the license granted
to Harvard under the FAS policy, but also articles not covered by the license
but for which the publisher grants, or the author has otherwise secured,
sufficient rights. Even if you take a waiver, the publisher's agreement may
provide, or you may be able to negotiate, sufficient rights to allow copies of
your article to be made publicly available in the Harvard repository. The
publisher may ask that certain conditions be met, some of which the repository
can accommodate (for example, an embargo period during which the article will
the article will not be made publicly available)....