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The Rutgers open access policy goes into effect: Faculty reaction and implementation lessons learned

Jane Johnson Otto (Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA)
Laura Bowering Mullen (Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 17 August 2018

Issue publication date: 7 January 2019




From laying the groundwork for the successful passage of a university-wide open access (OA) policy, through the development and planning that goes into a successful implementation, to “Day One” when the official university policy goes into effect, there is a long list of factors that affect faculty interest, participation and compliance. The paper aims to discuss this issue.


The authors, Mullen and Otto, having detailed earlier aspects of the Rutgers University OA policy passage and implementation planning, analyze and share the specifics that followed the rollout of the policy and that continue to affect participation.


This case study presents some strategies and systems used to enhance author self-archiving in the newly minted Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR) portal of the Rutgers institutional repository, including involvement of departmental liaison librarians, effective presentation of metrics and a focus on targeted communication with faculty.


Roadblocks encountered as faculty began to deposit their scholarship and lessons learned are a focus. Early reaction from faculty and graduate students (doctoral students and postdocs) to various aspects of the policy as well as the use of SOAR for depositing their work are included.



Otto, J.J. and Mullen, L.B. (2019), "The Rutgers open access policy goes into effect: Faculty reaction and implementation lessons learned", Library Management, Vol. 40 No. 1/2, pp. 59-73.



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