SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers) has been developed in response to Rutgers University’s Open Access Policy which was passed by a resolution of the University Senate in October, 2012, has been entered into the Rutgers Policy Library, and is now in effect as of September 1, 2015.  SOAR gathers, and makes available globally via the internet, scholarly articles deposited by Rutgers faculty, doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars.  In this case, “scholarly articles” generally refers to peer-reviewed journal articles, working papers, conference proceedings, and more.  The Rutgers Open Access Policy does not require deposit of books, commissioned articles, artworks, popular writings, fiction, poetry, pedagogical materials (e.g., lecture notes, videos, case studies), nor any works created with an expectation of payment.

In terms of scholarly articles, the target of the Open Access Policy is, more often than not, the “author’s final version,” i.e. the version following formal peer review, called the “Accepted Manuscript (AM),” or sometimes the “postprint,” and distinguished from the publisher branded PDF version.  However, for articles published in open access journals, a copy of the publisher version (“Version of Record (VoR)”) may be deposited.

Participation in SOAR is without charge to the author.  RUcore staff researches permissions, and can answer any questions.  For more information about open access and the Rutgers Open Access Policy, visit the Open Access Policy page.

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