Open Scholarship FAQs

  • Open Scholarship is defined by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) as encompassing open access, open data, open educational resources, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, and as changing how knowledge is created and shared. 

    Open Scholarship and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scholarly practices underpin the integrity of research, its efficient dissemination to researchers, students, policy makers, and the wider public, and facilitates faster scientific discovery and problem-solving. A commitment to open scholarship contributes to research impact through the principles of transparency, global access, and flexible reuse and will maximize the visibility of researchers and the outputs of their research.

  • When academic authors sign their copyright ownership over to the scholarly commercial publishers, the rights to provide free and open access to the published content transfers from the author(s) to the publisher even if no money exchanges hands. Scholarly commercial publishers make significant profits off of the scholarship they package and sell back to academic libraries as journal subscriptions, big deal packages, and ebook collections.

  • Open Access (OA) journals and books are differentiated by their business models, not in their manner of editing or peer review. There are thousands of peer-reviewed open access scholarly journals and books; currently, hundreds of them are indexed in Web of Science and through other high quality and high impact indicators.

  • Open access publishing aims to make the scholarly publications available at no cost to the reader. Data management and sharing describes how the underlying research data will be collected, organized, documented, and stored, and how this information will be made available to other researchers.

  • Scholarly authors can ask to amend their publishing contracts to allow for immediate deposit into their local institutional repository or in subject preprint portals of their accepted scholarship. Authors can also choose to publish their content in open access books, open access journals, and open data repositories.

  • Look for a quality open access publishing venue.

    Publishing open access makes your work immediately freely available, and often allows you to retain full rights to your work. Several organizations have reviewed and updated lists and databases for authors to find the perfect, fully open venue for their work:

  • The University Libraries Research & Scholarship Institutional Repository provides access to Graduate College theses and dissertations, as well as other departmental capstones and directed research. You can search in each collection, and filter By Department: