Making the UW’s Research Available to the World

May 17, 2018: The UW Faculty Senate passes an open access policy!

November 15, 2015: The UW Open Access team represents the initiative at OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, including leading a workshop on grassroots Open Access organizing and meeting with policy makers in Brussels.

April 23, 2015: The Faculty Senate of the University of Washington unanimously approves the Open Access resolution and request for a world-class repository, signaling the UW faculty’s support for an OA policy and infrastructure.

March 31, 2015: The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Student Senate unanimously approves the Open Access resolution, signaling the support of all 45,000 UW students.

March 22, 2015: The Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) adopts Open Access as part of its national advocacy agenda and discusses the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) with Congress during Day on the Hill.

February 9, 2015: The UW Faculty Senate’s Senate Executive Committee (SEC) discusses the Open Access initiative at its monthly meeting.

January 14, 2015: The UW Graduate & Professional Student Setate (GPSS) unanimously approves the Open Access resolution, demonstrating the graduate student body’s official support for Open Access at UW and calling on the Faculty Senate to adopt an Open Access Policy.

January 14, 2015: The Faculty Council on Research and Faculty Council on University Libraries express their support for Open Access at UW and intent to collaborate.


The University of Washington is ready to join the global movement to make scholarly knowledge publicly available. The university’s cutting edge research products—especially academic journal articles—should be available for the benefit of all, not hidden in subscription journals and locked behind paywalls. Instead, an Open Access policy at the UW would make it easy for researchers to deposit their research in a free, open database called an institutional repository. This collective, non-coercive repository would comprehensively archive the research output of UW researchers in one place and make it available to the public on the Internet free of charge.

The University of Washington must join HarvardMITthe University of California system, the National Institutes of Health, and other world-class institutions in formalizing its institutional repository—and benefiting from proven higher impact, increased citations, and wider collaboration.

With the support of students and faculty in the ASUW, GPSS, and Faculty Senate, the University of Washington can makes its research available to the world.

Use this website to learn more about Open Access, how it could benefit the UW, and the student team behind UW’s initiative.

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