What is Open Access?
Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research products coupled with the rights to use these research products fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone, anywhere, can access and use these results.
In 2015, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign approved an Open Access policy. This policy grants the university a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise all rights under copyright to distribute the scholarly articles produced by faculty members.
Read the University Policy on Open Access to Research Articles.
See also the Library’s Open Access Policy guide. The guide includes information on waivers or discounts of article processing charges (APCs) through agreements between the Library and select open access journal publishers.
Follow Illinois’ Open Access Policy with these Free Publishing Resources
IDEALS, the Illinois Data Bank, and the Illinois Open Publishing Network all meet the requirements for distribution outlined in Illinois’ Open Access Policy.
- The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at Illinois. Files deposited in IDEALS are indexed by academic search engines like Google, Google Scholar, and the Open Science Foundation’s SHARE.
- The Illinois Data Bank is a free, self-serve publishing platform that centralizes, preserves, and provides persistent and reliable access to Illinois research data. The Illinois Data Bank only accepts data that are appropriate to make public.
- The Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN) is a network of publications and publishing initiatives. IOPN offers a suite of publishing services to facilitate the dissemination of high-quality, open access scholarly publications in innovative, digital formats.
How to Opt Out of Open Access
Some publishers may require their authors to opt out of the University’s Open Access policy. In these cases, researchers can request a waiver for a specific article.