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Scholarly Communication

Open Access Publishing

Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research materials, coupled with the rights to use these materials fully in the digital environment. OA literature is free of charge and free of most traditional copyright and licensing restrictions yet fully compatible with peer review. Publishing your work open access has many advantages: broader readership for your scholarship and therefore greater impact, serendipitous discovery of it by users, ease of finding, and greater savings for all scholars and libraries.

As part of the commitment to increasing open access to research, the UTA Libraries offers these valuable solutions:

Open Journal Systems (OJS)

We offer services for scholars who wish to publish a new open-access journal or for those who would like to convert an existing print journal that has traditional copyright to OA and digital-only. We use Open Journal Systems (OJS) to provide online hosting for academic journals for UTA faculty, staff, and students. Here, you can create, manage, and publish online scholarly journals in a peer-review environment. OJS not only hosts your academic publications but also provides the entire global research community access to your articles. The journal platform is a collaborative, open-source software project maintained by the Public Knowledge Project. We have technical services staff who can support the managing editor and editorial board through the submission, peer-review, and final publication process. For technical assistance with OJS, see our users' guide or contact our Digital Project Librarian Faedra Wills.

go Open Fund

We have a pilot project to facilitate external OA publishing activities by UTA faculty, staff, and students: The Go Open Fund. Faculty members may apply for funding to pay article processing charges (APCs) for fully OA journals or other OA publications up to $3,000 per fiscal year. Funding is first-come, first-served, and once funds are depleted for a fiscal year, no more funding will be available until the start of the following fiscal year. This program was designed as a stopgap measure to bridge your need to openly publish your work during this time of disruption to the scholarly communication system. Please note that these funds should not be considered a meritorious or competitive award. For eligibility requirements and application details, please see the UTA Libraries Open Access Publishing guide. If you have questions, feel free to contact UTA Libraries Director of Publishing Jody Bailey.


The ResearchCommons (RC) is the digital institutional repository for UTA where you can showcase your work and expand your visibility for increased citations. The RC allows your work to be accessible to the global research community. You are welcome to submit research materials in almost any medium. Advantages to uploading your work to the RC include the following:

  • By providing a durable URL that can be shared with colleagues, the RC is an easy, free way to ensure that your research is permanently available to a global audience. This permanent URL also preserves your work in perpetuity in one centralized location. 
  • Works hosted in RC communities have a higher likelihood of being cited because of increased visibility in search engines and other harvesters, both popular and scholarly, which can result in an increased interest in research collaborations. 
  • It fulfills the requirements of federal funders, such as the NIH, to publish your research in an open access repository.
  • As an alternative publishing method, it provides . . .
    • Free access since your works are not hidden behind a subscription based provider.  Even though your works are freely available, you still maintain copyright to the works unless stipulated otherwise by publisher contracts.
    • Immediate access to your research with no need to wait several years for an article to be published.
  • The RC allows you to host self-created content for your courses or your colleagues.
  • It supports and promotes the open access and scholarly communication movements.

To save you time, the library will deposit your materials into the RC on your behalf.  We will check the copyright status of previously published materials, upload the materials we can legally archive in the RC, and describe the materials for you. Alternatively, you can upload your materials and curate your collection or designate a graduate research assistant to do so. We will be happy to get you started. Contact your subject librarian or Faedra Wills.

For information about internal or external OA publishing, contact Jody Bailey.

Open Access Publishing

Find out about funding sources for publishing in open-access journals and more in our open-access publishing guide.


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