Open access publishing

Share your research more broadly through open access publishing. We can help you navigate the UA Open Access Policy, learn about open access publishing options, and apply for funding to cover publishing charges.

What is open access publishing?

Open access publishing is making your research freely available online. This can be done either by publishing directly in open access journals or by archiving publications in an open access repository.

There are numerous peer-reviewed journals that provide open access. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists thousands of open access journals that meet standards of quality and is searchable by title and subject. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association represents publishers with at least one open access journal and which have high standards of publishing ethics.

Some subscription journals will allow you to make your article open access by paying an additional fee at the time of publication; these journal are referred to as hybrid open access journals.

You can also make your articles freely accessible by placing them in the UA Campus Repository. Most publishers will allow you to post the final accepted manuscript.

UA Open Access Policy

The University of Arizona is committed to sharing its research and scholarship as widely as possible. The UA Open Access Policy supports this by committing UA faculty to share their research through our open access repository.

Read the policy text
FAQs about the policy
UA Campus Repository
Request a waiver

Federal funding agencies

Most federal funding agencies are now requiring both data and publications resulting from federal grants to be made publicly accessible.

Federal funding requirements for data
Federal funding requirements for publications

Open access funding support

The University of Arizona Library is committed to supporting open access to both scholarship globally and to the published work of the UA campus community. We do this through memberships, support of OA initiatives and projects, pre-arranged discounts to Article Processing Charges (APCs), and our support of the UA Open Access Policy.

UAL has institutional memberships with the following publishers which offer discounted article processing charges for UA-affiliated authors:

In addition, the Library invests in open access initiatives such as arXiv, SCOAP3, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition), and the Open Textbook Network. Read more about our Open Access support.

Author rights

UA scholarly authors own the copyright to their books and articles unless and until they assign these rights to a publisher or other party. You can retain control over access to your works by managing these copyrights yourself. One step towards this is to only sign publishing agreements that leave you in control of the future uses you want and expect.

The Open Access Directory maintains a list of authors addenda and other alternative publishing agreements. Learn more in our copyright guide.

Predatory open access publishers

Open access publishing is supported by a variety of business models. This leaves an opening for abuse. Jeffrey Beall pulled together a list of possible predatory open access publishers who exploit the author-pays business model for their profit with little care for peer review or other checks on quality. In January 2017 Beall removed the content from the web and shut down his site. This attempt to create a black list raised a good deal of criticism for his unique criteria and judgment.

As an alternative, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a list of open access journals that agree on ethical and production standards. Also, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is an organization of publishers who commit to high ethical standards. These lists of journals and publishers are white lists as opposed to Beall's black list.

Contact us

Ellen Dubinsky
Scholarly Communication Librarian
(520) 621-6433