Details on the vote
Between May 21-24th, 2013 the Stanford GSE doctoral students voted in favor of a motion to enact an Open Access policy.
The motion received nearly unanimous support, with over 95% of votes cast in favor (voter turnout of 59%, meaning 56% of total students voted in favor).
GSE Student Open Access Motion
The students of the Stanford Graduate School of Education are committed to making their research and scholarship as widely and publicly available as possible. In recognition of the importance of access to knowledge, the students of the Stanford Graduate School of Education are determined to increase access to their work for scholars, educators, policymakers, and the public worldwide. In support of greater openness in scholarly and educational endeavors, the students of the Graduate School of Education agree to the following policy:
Students grant to the Stanford University permission to make publicly available their scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles. They grant to Stanford University a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit. The policy will apply to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while a student of the Graduate School of Education, beginning with articles for which the publisher’s copyright agreement has yet to be signed. On a publisher’s refusal to agree to the terms of this policy (as presented to the publishers in the form of an addendum to the copyright agreement), the student is able to waive this policy by uploading the bibliographic details for the article, along with a note on the publisher's refusal, to the public open-access repository operated by Stanford University.
No later than the date of publication, students will upload an electronic copy of the final version of the article to the open access repository operated by Stanford University.