Welcome to the University of Utah Open Research Policy Information Page: Why Have an Open Research Policy?

This guide provides a basic overview of open research and covers the practicalities of having an open research policy at the University of Utah

Task Force on Research Material Open Access Issues

President Young created a task force in June 2010 to "recommend strategies for meeting the wide-ranging changes taking place in how research is communicated, shared, and evaluated." Chaired by Dr. Cynthia Furse and Dr. Gary Schoenwolf, the committee met several times during the year, had lengthy discussions regarding the ramifications of having (or not having) a policy, and drafted a recommendation to pursue a campus open research policy.

Members of the Task Force (alphabetically ordered)

Martin Berzins, College of Engineering

Miguel Chuaqui, College of Fine Arts

Steve Corbato, University Information Technology

Cynthia Furse, Office of VP for Research (co-chair)

Kristen Hawkes, College of Social & Behavioral Science

John Mauger, Office of VP for Health Sciences

Jim Metherall, Academic Senate

Allyson Mower, Marriott Library

Joyce Ogburn, Marriott Library

Susan Olson, Office of VP for Faculty

Gary Schoenwolf, School of Medicine (co-chair)

Jean Shipman, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

Jackie Smith, College of Nursing

Mariam Thalos, College of Humanities

Joanne Yaffe, College of Social Work

Recent History at the U vis-a-vis Open Access

USpace (UU institutional repository): Created by Univ Libraries in 2005 “to collect and archive the intellectual capital of the institution and make these scholarly materials freely available on the Internet.” Currently, approximately 80 items/month are added ranging from peer-reviewed articles (n=35) to theses/dissertations to committee reports. To put into context, the faculty creates, on average, 280 peer-reviewed articles per month. Electronic theses and dissertations are now live by means of a partnership between USpace and the Graduate School

Senate resolution passed March 2007: “Be it resolved that, to respond to the growing crises in scholarly publishing and communication, we ask David Pershing and Lorris Betz to ensure that over the coming year university-wide conversations occur to develop courses of action for the Senate, faculty, libraries, and administration."

University Research Cyberinfrastructure Council: “the University needs to continue to invest in high-performance computing, networking grids, data repositories, disaster recovery, and associated support services in order to remain a leading research university in the 21st century.  Senior administration must be responsible for, and invest in, the resources to support the continuing development of cyberinfrastructure."

Scholarship services website  aggregates campus scholarship services in one site.

Launched campus Open Access e-journals The site uses Open Journal Systems to publish campus open access journals.

To Share the Intellectual Fruits...

The faculty of the University of Utah (UU) is committed to sharing the intellectual fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible and lowering barriers to its access. In recognition of that commitment and responsibility, the UU faculty is determined to take advantage of new technologies to increase access to its work by the citizens of Utah and scholars, students, educators, and policymakers worldwide.  

The 4 Pieces of a Policy
1. Statement of principles the institution holds
2. Granting of copyright permission to the institution
3. Providing a copy of a scholarly product to the institution
4. Allowing for exceptions


Free and open publication, presentation and discussion of research has the power to

  • advance the interests of the scholarly community, the faculty individually, and the public
  • support a more robust system of experimentation, observation, verification and replication of research
  • reduce or eliminate privileged and controlled access to knowledge
  • inspire and generate new ideas, methods, findings, and inventions
  • amplify the public investment in federally funded research
  • allow future researchers to find, use and reference the same research created and used by present day scholars

The University of Utah and its faculty and researchers benefit from open access to research by

  • gaining the ability to analyze the research we produce without purchasing this information from other parties, although we may need to pay to publish our research
  • retaining the ability to determine, monitor and govern the sharing, reusing, remixing, and repurposing of our research output
  • providing wider exposure to and application of our very best work, thereby potentially having broader impact on scholars, educators, and policymakers worldwide, although this is still debatable

Research deposited in an institutional repository can be supported by services such as

  • application of search engine optimization techniques that enhance discovery
  • placement within larger networks of services
  • harvesting and integration with other repositories and similar content
  • linking to related content such as images, data, learning objects, and more
  • permanent URL links for CVs and personal web sites

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