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Deposit Your Work in Open Access Repositories

An Open Access Repository or archive preserves and makes its content freely and openly available online.  Why consider depositing your work in an Open Access Repository?  Due to the economics of journal publishing, libraries are reducing the number of journals they subscribe to.  In the past the UW Libraries would likely have purchased subscriptions to the journals in which you prefer to publish and would have preserved those journals in paper copy.  Now, however, most academic journal access is digital, and libraries typically license rather than purchase access to journal content, which remains under the control of the publisher.  This means that if the UW Libraries can no longer afford to pay the annual subscription cost, we may be left with no retrospective access at all to some important journals in which your work is published.  Other libraries all over the world are in much this same situation.

Some journals allow you to deposit a copy of your published work in an Open Access Repository, others may require that you sign an Author Addendum enabling you to do so.

Publish in journals that allow authors to deposit works into an Open Access Repository:

  • Negotiate an Author Addendum
    You may be able to attach an addendum to your publishing agreement to allow for depositing in open access repositories.
    Find publishers that allow authors to deposit the publisher version or PDF of their article in an Institutional Repository, without fee or an embargo.

Include your work in the UW’s institutional repository, or in a disciplinary repository:

  • ResearchWorks Archives
    This is the University of Washington’s open access repository. The UW Libraries encourage contributions from all communities across the three campuses.
  • SPARC Collected Repositories
    Find discipline based and other repositories using the resources listed on The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) web site.

Comply with open access mandates from funding agencies:

  • PubMed Central
    The National Institutes of Health’s free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. NIH Public Access Policy requires that any articles resulting from NIH-funded research be submitted to this open access repository.
    Use this resource to determine if your funder requires that you submit articles based on your funded research to an open access repository.