Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty members have unanimously voted to post their scholarly manuscripts in a free repository on the Web.
The peer-reviewed manuscripts will be posted in the university's DSpace repository on the date of journal publication. Authors can opt out of the agreement on a paper-by-paper basis.
Harvard University's arts and sciences faculty members established a similar policy back in February 2008. But MIT notes in an announcement that the new policy is the first faculty-driven, university-wide initiative of its kind in the U.S.
Is your own university considering a similar move?
How necessary is this type of policy? In other words, how often do you have trouble accessing a paper you want to read?