Q. What are the advantages of the Open Access Policy for UAlbany authors?
The Internet has enabled individual authors to make their articles widely, openly, and freely available. Research has repeatedly shown that articles available freely online are more often cited and have greater impact than those not freely available, and this trend is increasing over time. Consequently, many UAlbany authors already make their writings available on their web pages, sometimes in violation of copyright law. UAlbany's Open Access Policy would provide a legal mechanism for UAlbany authors to make their writings openly accessible, and it enables the University to help them do so. In effect, the Policy actually allows UAlbany authors to retain their rights in their articles, because the University grants those rights back to them.
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