Open Access

As a public liberal arts college, SUNY Geneseo is committed to sharing its scholarly and creative output with a wide audience.

The Center for Digital Learning assists in realizing this commitment by promoting understanding of open access principles and procedures, and by facilitating faculty and staff participation in open-access initiatives such as the college's institutional repository, KnightScholar.

Allison Brown, Digital Publishing Services Manager, in Milne Library, serves as the CDL's Associate for Open Access and Scholarly Communications.

At its February 11, 2020 meeting, the Geneseo College Senate adopted the following policy on open access:

The faculty and staff of SUNY Geneseo are committed to making the fruits of their scholarship and creative works as widely available and accessible as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the faculty adopts the following policy: It is expected that faculty and staff will make their published scholarship and creative works publicly available in an open access disciplinary or institutional repository, such as KnightScholar. The policy applies to scholarly articles authored or co-authored while a person is a member of the faculty or staff, except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the faculty or staff member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.

Each faculty or staff member is expected to provide a digital version of each article no later than the date of its publication via an appropriate open access repository. Milne Library is able to make articles available to the public in KnightScholar. Faculty and staff may complete a form to opt out of this policy or impose an embargo period. For content deposited in open access repositories other than KnightScholar, faculty and staff will provide a stable link to Milne Library.

Milne Library, as the designee of the Provost, will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, recommending changes to the faculty and staff from time to time, and providing administrative staffing and support for the implementation of this policy. The policy will be reviewed after three years and a report presented to the faculty and staff.