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Determine if Open Access is Right for Your Research

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 at 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 here:

Read the Library’s Open Access Policy guide here:

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. Learn more here:
  • 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. Learn more here:
  • 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. Learn more here: 

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 obtain a waiver for a specific article. Request a waiver here: