Harvard Open Access Policy

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health adopted Harvard University’s Open Access Policy on November 26, 2012. The policy states “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. More specifically, each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same.”

The Open Access policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored 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.

For compliance purposes, authors are asked to deposit their article in DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard).

The Dean or Dean’s designate will waive application of the license for a particular article or delay access for a specified period of time upon express direction by a Faculty member.   Click here to request a waiver.

For in depth questions about the policy, assistance with depositing your scholarly work into DASH or requesting a waiver, please contact P. Scott Lapinski, Digital Resources and Services Librarian at the Countway Library.

Helpful tips:

  • Only one waiver is required per institution, so check with the publisher before requesting a waiver from the Harvard Chan School.
  • The e-mail generated by DASH is the waiver.