Harvard’s Disappointing DASH: Short Update on the Knoll Case


There are now 123 articles by Professor Knoll.

None of the 23 newest articles (at the time of my test there were 100 Knoll articles in DASH) is Open Access in DASH – all are only providing links to the published version: “At the direction of the depositing author this work is not currently accessible through DASH.”

There is now an field “Other sources” with links to eventually free online versions. But these links are not complete, see e.g.


With Google Scholar one can find a free version for this article.

It seems that all links I gave for free versions are now added as “other sources” (I didn’t check all), including


Let’s conclude:

(i) Regarding Open Access to the works of the famous Professor Knoll all other webpages are more important than DASH.

(ii) It is useful that DASH gives hints to free versions elsewhere in the web but most OA advocates would have thought that the core mission of Harvard’s repository is another.

(iii) It seems clear that Professor Knoll doesn’t like the Harvard FAS OA Policy which is described at

“Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Open-Access Policy
voted February 12, 2008

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy: Each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows of Harvard College permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles. In legal terms, the permission granted by each Faculty member is a nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. The policy will apply to all scholarly articles written while the person is a member of the Faculty except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. The Dean or the Dean’s designate will waive application of the policy for a particular article upon written request by a Faculty member explaining the need.”

Did I miss something? It seems that Professor Knoll has received a permanent waiver for all his publications completed after the adoption of the policy.

Now we see that Harvard’s OA policy is pure bragging.

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Klaus Graf (2010, 21. März). Harvard’s Disappointing DASH: Short Update on the Knoll Case. Archivalia. Abgerufen am 20. Mai 2024, von https://doi.org/10.58079/bsql

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