From this question and this answer, it seems like the open access policies of institutions like Harvard and University of California conflict with the requirements of the top conferences in computer science.

Can researchers from these institutions really not publish in top CS conferences anymore? How has the change been received, and how has this impacted their careers?

  • I don't immediately see the conflict. Can you summarise?
    – user2768
    Mar 1, 2019 at 13:15
  • Here is an article about UC breaking up with Elsevier. It isn't about conferences, though. sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/…
    – Buffy
    Mar 1, 2019 at 15:41
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    @Buffy So "boycott" in that title simply means "refused to renew a contract with", if I understand correctly? Mar 1, 2019 at 15:46
  • There may be more to the story. That is just one aspect, perhaps. If you follow the "answer" link in your post, you will find the official position of UC on open access generally, not just with Elsevier. It is problematic for CS people, I think, as conferences are our main outlet. But there is no particular reason that conferences can't use open access publishing. That is up to the societies that sponsor most of them (ACM and IEEE, in particular).
    – Buffy
    Mar 1, 2019 at 15:54
  • In my CS field, NLP, the "top" conferences are all open access. Mar 2, 2019 at 22:47

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No. The conferences acquiesce to the university policy.

The way it works is that, when the publication agreement is signed, an open access addendum is attached and next to their signature the author writes “my agreement is subject to the attached addendum”. At least that was my experience when coauthoring with Harvard faculty.

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