Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI)

Photo of COAPI logoThe Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) brings together representatives from North American universities with established faculty open access policies and those in the process of developing such policies. It was formed to share information and experiences and to illuminate opportunities for moving faculty-led open access forward at member institutions and advocating for open access nationally and internationally. COAPI will offer a collection of best and evolving practices to act as a roadmap for inspiring, promoting and implementing open access policies at institutions without existing or effective open access policies.

Getting Started

COAPI can help you launch OA policy development at your institution. Start by joining COAPI, getting engaged and following best practices. Here’s a short flyer to walk you through the initial steps of getting started.

COAPI is an informal organization and at this time no dues are required to join. Potential members are asked to agree to a set of principles that guide COAPI’s education and advocacy efforts. Membership in COAPI is divided into Full Member, Affiliate, and Community Member tiers on the basis of the stage of development or implementation of the joining institution’s OA Policy. More information on COAPI membership and governance may be found here. To join COAPI, please contact us at

A brief summary of activities and accomplishments outlines the success and growth of COAPI. Highlights include COAPI’s January 2012 response to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Request for Information, and the COAPI’s June 13, 2012 letter submitted in support of FRPAA to congressmen. For further information about COAPI, please contact us at

complete list of COAPI members, along with contact information and information on their institution’s policy, can be found here.

The COAPI Steering Committee consists of:

George Porter (Chair, 2016):
Laura Bowering Mullen (Vice Chair, 2016)
Jere Odell (Past Chair)
Michael Boock (through July 2017)
Simone Sacchi (through July 2017)
Paolo Mangiafico (through July 2018)
Devin Soper (through July 2018)
Ada Emmett – Liaison between COAPI and SPARC Open Access Working Group


COAPI Response for OSTP Memorandum Articles
COAPI Response for OSTP Memorandum Data
An Opportunity for Your Campus to Support Open Access: Encourage your Provosts to sign Open Letter in Support of FASTR
COAPI Launches OA Now
COAPI Supports Guide to Good Practices for University Open Access Policies
COAPI Support Access2Research White House Petition

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