View Bill 21-22-31

Senate Bill 21-22-31

Bill ID: 21-22-31
Name: Proposal to Create Policy for Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by University Faculty
Proposed: 11/10/2021
Sponsor: University Library Council
Proposal: University of Maryland researchers are on the front lines of developing innovative solutions to urgent problems that threaten the well-being and health of the planet and people across the globe. Yet, trends in international publishing make it increasingly difficult to provide equitable access to the publicly funded research that can help our communities thrive and make our lives better.

The Publishing, Access, and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) working group, a subgroup of the University Library Council (ULC), is sponsored jointly by the ULC, the Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs, and the Division of Research. We are:

Reviewing current and changing University of Maryland’s scholarly publishing practices, licensing terms, and contracts.

Consulting with faculty and administrators via focus group interviews, surveys, and other means to gather input and feedback about scholarly communication issues, ideas, and challenges.

Considering how the Senate, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and the Libraries can lead and collaborate with others, including the University System of Maryland (USM), the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and other consortia, to improve equitable access to the University of Maryland's research and scholarship.

Recommending a new framework for licensing of scholarly content and the means by which more equitable access to the University of Maryland’s scholarly publishing and data can be achieved.


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Status

Status: Completed
Completed On: 04/08/2022

History

Approval(s):
Presidential Approval: 04/08/2022
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 03/30/2022
Decision Date: 04/06/2022
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 03/07/2022
Decision Date: 03/14/2022
Decision: The SEC voted to place the item on the agenda of the April 6, 2022 Senate meeting for consideration.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Library Council
Received: 04/01/2021
Decision Date: 02/23/2022
Decision Due By: 02/28/2022
Decision: The ULC voted to recommend the final policy proposal to the SEC for consideration.
Actions: In April 2020, the ULC formed the Publishing, Access, and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) working group to review existing practices and policies, consult with university stakeholders, consider alternative models and approaches, and recommend a new framework for licensing scholarly content that provides equitable access to the University of Maryland’s scholarly publishing and data. The working group was co-sponsored by the Senior Vice President & Provost and the Vice President for Research; co-chaired by Dr. Adriene Lim, Dean of the University Libraries, and Dr. Holly Brewer, Professor, History, College of Arts & Humanities (ARHU); and included members from the ULC, the University Libraries, and departments and colleges across campus.

UMD PACT reviewed University practices and policies related to the acquisition of journals and publishing research conducted by UMD faculty, staff, and students. The PACT met with representatives from other universities and a variety of commercial and scholarly societies publishers.

In fall 2020, UMD PACT developed a policy change proposal entitled “Achieving Equitable, Sustainable Access to the University of Maryland’s Scholarship and Research”. The policy proposal was submitted to the Office of General Counsel for preliminary review. In late fall 2020, PACT refined the proposal to clarify which members of the UMD community the policy applied to and renamed the proposed policy “Equitable Access to Scholarly Articles Authored by University Faculty”.

PACT discussed the proposed policy at various forums and provided opportunities for members of the campus community to submit feedback, including a presentation and feedback session with the University Senate. After consideration of all of the feedback, PACT presented a final policy proposal to the ULC.

At its meeting on February 23, 2022, the ULC voted unanimously to recommend the final policy proposal to the SEC for consideration.
Next Step: SEC Review
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