The Lehigh University Libraries believe it is part of its mission to contribute toward a sustainable and equitable scholarly communication system that supports Open Access (OA) and public access publishing. This statement outlines the current level of support for OA and public access publishing.
In terms of supporting a sustainable scholarly communication system, the Libraries support OA and public access publishing through a multi-faceted approach that consists, in part, of the following:
In terms of supporting an equitable scholarly communication system, the Libraries will continue to investigate and better understand how current and future systems may imitate or reproduce imbalances in access to, and ability to fully participate in, research. As an example, the Libraries will try to balance support across disciplines. Further, the Libraries will look to contribute toward improvements in OA scholarly publishing, moving away from the reliance on high-cost journals and agreements, payments of APCs, and proprietary systems.
Since OA and public access publishing is a dynamically changing area influenced by publishers, governmental agencies, and research funders, this statement may develop over time. The Lehigh University Libraries will continue to build knowledge in, consult with stakeholders on, and perform data-informed evaluations of new or additional opportunities to support OA and public access funding.