Open Access Policy for Scholarly and Creative Works Announced

UB Seal on Crosby Hall.

Published March 3, 2020

The Open Access Policy for Scholarly and Creative Works, approved and signed by President Tripathi, is available in the University Policy Library



The University at Buffalo is committed to providing the greatest possible reach and impact of the research and scholarly and creative works produced by its faculty, staff, and students. The university recognizes the value of and supports university authors retaining the rights to their intellectual property, while encouraging them to make their works freely and widely available. The university endorses the practice of university authors depositing a preprint, post-print, or final version of each scholarly or creative work in an open access (OA) digital repository.

Participating university authors grant to the university permission to make available copies of their scholarly and creative works (and related products, when possible), and to exercise a copyright license to those works for the purposes of preserving and making them freely and widely available in an OA repository. More specifically, participating university authors retain any rights not already transferred to a publisher and grant to the university a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to reproduce and distribute their scholarly or creative works, in any format, for the purposes of preserving and making works openly available.

University authors reserve the right to choose where to publish their work and whether to make it freely and openly available to the public, subject to copyright law and publisher sharing policies. This is an opt-in rather than an opt-out policy for university authors.


This policy applies to all university authors and their units, preprints, post-prints, and final versions of works created while university authors are faculty or staff members, or affiliated students.

Works produced by affiliated students solely to fulfill course requirements are outside the scope of this policy.


Contact Information
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Christopher Hollister, University Libraries 716-645-1323
Jeff Good, Department of Linguistics 716-645-0126