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Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Open Access Policy

September 2011; last revised April 2016

On September 19, 2011, the Faculty approved an “open-access” policy that is intended to make the faculty’s scholarly articles, published in journals and conference proceedings, available to a wider public.  Under this policy, faculty members grant to The Trustees of Princeton University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all copyrights in his or her scholarly articles published in any medium, whether now known or later invented, provided the articles are not sold by the University for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. This grant applies to all scholarly articles that any person authors or co-authors while appointed as a member of the Faculty, except for any such articles authored or co-authored before the adoption of this policy or subject to a conflicting agreement formed before the adoption of this policy.

To avoid a conflicting transfer of copyright to the publisher and to protect yourself from breach of contract, you may attach an “author addendum,” available at the sidebar on this page, to your agreement with a publisher. The addendum is specifically designed to deal with the prior license granted to the University. Instructions for using the addendum are provided with the “author addendum” on this website.

If you are an author of a peer-reviewed article that has arisen, in whole or in part, from NIH-funded research that is accepted for publication on or after September 19, 2011, you are also subject to the NIH Public Access Policy. For more information, please refer to

Even without the attachment of an addendum, the license to Princeton will still have force unless it is waived for a particular article. Princeton’s policy contains a provision under which the Provost will waive or suspend application of this license for a particular article authored or co-authored by that faculty member. Faculty members may request a copyright waiver at

In order to submit scholarly articles subject to Princeton University's Open Access Policy to the Open Access Repository, please click on this this link to access the online Open Access Article Submission Form. If you have any questions about the form or about the Open Access Repository, please send e-mail to

Scholarly Communications website provides information, resources, and  services for faculty, researchers, and students regarding Open Access Policy, Open Access in general, and other scholarly communications issues

Should you have any questions regarding the University’s Open Access or Copyright policy you are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of the Faculty at