(24 March 2014) The University of Waikato has become the first university in New Zealand to approve a mandate around open access to academics’ publications.
The Open Access Mandate Guidelines were approved this month by the University of Waikato’s Academic Board. Under the guidelines, academic staff can disseminate their research as widely as possible, bringing research results out from behind the subscription paywall to be accessed by all.
This puts the University of Waikato at the forefront of the issue among New Zealand institutions, demonstrating a commitment to the concept of open access to knowledge. Freedom to exchange ideas and to publish acquired knowledge are fundamental to the purposes of a university.
The full press release has a link to the guidelines.