What is done with articles?

What will the Politecnico di Milano do with the articles?

The Politecnico di Milano will continue to manage its open access repository Re.Public in order to make scientific articles produced by the university available and store them, all of which will have been made accessible in compliance with the policy.

The repository is stored and made accessible at the harvesting of research services such as OAIster and Google Scholar. 

The repository is an installation of the open source software DSpace and, thanks to OAI-PMH technology, it will be the point on the web where the university's research products will be disseminated, so that they can be indexed by general or special search engines and by IT tools that can simplify search processes such as Primo, a discovery tool purchased by the Politecnico di Milano.

The Politecnico di Milano can also allow others to distribute the content, on the condition that the articles are not sold for profit. For example, professors at other institutions could be given permission to make copies for free distribution to their own students. However, the Politecnico di Milano does not have and cannot grant others the right to sell articles for profit or to sell a book containing articles for profit.

Can the articles be used to supply research or other services from companies such as Google?

Yes, the Politecnico di Milano licence allows other commercial and non profit institutions to use the articles to supply research and other services, as long as the articles are not sold in exchange for royalties. This is also true if the services generate advertising revenue or if the companies must be paid for the services. For example, the licence allows the Politecnico di Milano to authorise the articles to be gathered or indexed by research services (such as Google Scholar), or retrieved by IT tools that can simplify search processes (like Primo), so that are found more easily and used to provide other added value services, as long as the articles are not sold for profit. 

The Politecnico di Milano could also authorise the articles to be used in a commercial service that provides information taken from articles, such as, for example, bibliographic data or lists of citations, but cannot authorise use of the full text. Any agreements would be consistent with the objectives of open access, guaranteeing wide visibility and availability of academic articles.

Who will control implementation of the policy?

The university's OA work group set up by the policy itself. Its members will deal with development of processes and procedures, supporting the university's participation and providing reports on how the implementation plan is developed.

The work group will also have the task of monitoring the policy's progress and of presenting a report on the matter by 31st December each year.