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UMD PACT - Publishing, Access, and Contract Terms

Our current scholarly publishing and communication ecosystem is in crisis. University of Maryland researchers are on the front lines developing innovative solutions to urgent problems that threaten the well-being and health of the planet and people across the globe. Yet, trends in international publishing make it increasingly difficult to provide equitable access to the publicly funded research that can help our communities thrive and make our lives better.

In this context, the Publishing, Access, and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) working group, a subgroup of the University Library Council (ULC), will convene to carry out the following charge. The working group is sponsored jointly by the ULC, the Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs, and the Division of Research.

UMD PACT will:

  • Review current and changing University of Maryland’s scholarly publishing practices, licensing terms, and contracts.
  • Consult with faculty and administrators via focus group interviews, surveys, and other means to gather input and feedback about scholarly communication issues, ideas, and challenges.
  • Consider how the Senate, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and the Libraries can lead and collaborate with others, including the University System of Maryland (USM), the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and other consortia, to improve equitable access to the University of Maryland's research and scholarship.
  • Recommend a new framework for licensing of scholarly content and the means by which more equitable access to the University of Maryland’s scholarly publishing and data can be achieved.