Five Leading US Universities Commit to Supporting Open Access Journals
Five leading institutions of higher learning in the US – Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley – have announced their joint commitment to a compact for open-access publishing equity.The economic downturn underscores the significance of open-access publications. With library resources strained by budget cuts, subscription and licensing fees for journals have come under increasing scrutiny, and alternative means for providing access to vital intellectual content are identified. Open-access journals provide a natural alternative.
They encourage other institutes to sign-up to the compact and help support open access journals
Full text of the announcement: http://hul.harvard.edu/news/2009_0914_compact.html