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Open access

Open access gives scholars the ability to share their work with others. Under the open access model, work is provided at no cost to the user and is available to all via online access.

There are many benefits associated with the open access model. Open access makes it easier for researchers to reach their entire audience and makes their work easier for other researchers to discover. Institutions and their students benefit by gaining access to materials they might have otherwise been unable to afford. The public gains access to information that would otherwise remain inaccessible to those without subscriptions, and funding agencies (and often times, tax payers) see a better return on their investment.

For more information about Open Access, visit the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition's (SPARC) Open Access page.


Where to publish

When choosing where to publish your scholarly work, consider supporting the open access model by publishing in reputable journals that allow you to self-archive your work or with publishers who provide immediate public access to your work via their website.

PLOS Journals created the following guide to assist researchers in determining the "openess" of a publisher.

SPARC and PLOS. (2012) “HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum”, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

You can search for specific journals or publishers using SHERPA/RoMEO, which lists information specific to each publication regarding copyright agreements and author rights.

As the number of open access publications continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important for researchers to evaluate the reputation of a journal before submitting their work for publication. Some so called “open access” journals may not reveal their fees or inform authors of possible charges associated with publication until after your article is accepted. Counterfeit journal websites have emerged, often using names that sound similar to well-known journals, to collect author fees without providing the promised or implied publishing services in return.

Jeffrey Beall, librarian at University of Colorado in Denver, maintains a list of questionable open-access journals and publishers. Please consider consulting this list as well as completing your own due diligence before submitting your work to any open access journal. If you have any questions or concerns about a particular publisher or journal, feel free to direct your questions to your discipline’s library liaison.


Author rights

Did you know that you own the copyright to any scholarly work you create unless you give that right away? As soon as your work is in a tangible form (a Word document, a web site, a recording), the copyright is yours. You own the right to:

  • reproduce your work
  • distribute your work
  • prepare derivative works
  • publicly display or perform your work
  • authorize others to do any of the above

Visit UCF Libraries' Research Guide on Author's Rights and SPARC's Author Rights Initiatives to learn more.

Publication Agreements

As stated by SPARC, "As a scholar or scientist, when you publish in a journal you are typically asked by the publisher to sign such a transfer agreement, or contract, that describes the assignment of various rights to the publisher in the intellectual property you have created. Thus, the agreements often deprive you of certain rights that you may not wish to forfeit, such as your right to post your article on the public Internet or to make copies for classroom use. To take advantage of the greater opportunity now available to communicate your research results, you need these rights to the articles you produce."

-Introduction to Copyright Resources. Retrieved October 3rd, 2012 from

If you are interested in retaining certain rights to your scholarly work, adding a copyright addendum to your publisher's agreement may be the solution. Creative Commons has provided an "addendum engine" that will generate a personalized PDF addendum with the agreement type you select. Vist to create your addendum.

In addition to the Creative Commons personalized addendum, SPARC provides a blank, printable version of an author's addendum:

UCF's Rights to Works by University Personnel

The "Copyright and Works" regulation describes rights in copyright for works created at the University. This regulation also expresses the University’s policy to encourage university personnel to produce copyrightable works that contribute to their professional stature, public knowledge, and the University’s mission. As part of encouraging the production of works, the University disclaims certain interests and shares the benefits of others with the University personnel who create the works.

For details regarding the University of Central Florida rights to your scholarly work, please review University Regulation 2.033 "Copyright and Works".


Expanding Access

There are many ways researchers and authors can promote discovery of their papers and datasets. Authors can increase the impact of their article by writing an optimized abstract, proactively submitting information about the paper to relevant forums, and providing persistent links to the full text. The following links and information provide guidance.

Some common options for promoting your work include:

  • Announce your article on social media, Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
  • Add your citation to academic networks, MyNetReseach Academia Researchgate
  • Get an author eprint link or take advantage of other publisher provided services. Publishers are happy to help you promote your article in their journal, and many provide helpful advice and resources.

    Once your article is published in an online journal, you can create a durable link that can be used in online courses, web-based forums, your CV, and anywhere you mention the article. However, note that not all links are durable. If you copy a URL from your browser you are likely to get a link that contains a Session ID (often indicated by “sid=”) which will expire after a few days.

    Some good options for creating durable links:

    • Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

      DOIs are unique identifiers for digital objects – mostly online articles. Major journal publishers generate a DOI for their articles. You can use a DOI to create a persistent link. DOI links are very durable and should not change over the years. Note, DOI does not automatically incorporate off-campus authentication. See the section on OpenURL.
      Example DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/17/6/045
      Example DOI link:

      For more information, contact Athena Hoeppner.

    • OpenURL

      OpenURL is a standard for turning citation data into a link. The link queries an OpenURL resolver, which identifies full text options available for a specific library. The UCF Libraries has a Citation Finder form that you can use to find full text options and to generate a durable URL. The links will continue to work as long as UCF maintains its OpenURL service subscription. The OpenURL automatically incorporates EZproxy.
      UCF’s Citation Finder
      For help creating an OpenURL link, contact Athena Hoeppner.

    • Publisher Provided Permalink, Jumpstart, or Durable URL

      If the publisher does not provide a DOI, they may offer a persistent link of some sort. The term used for the link varies. Look for “persistent”, “perma…”, “jumpstart”, or other options that indicate that a link can be emailed or copied and will not expire.

    See Recent Articles by UCF Authors


    Citation metrics

    Metrics that go beyond providing simple citation searches, that drill down to the level of individual article usage, provide a comprehensive picture of an article’s impact within the scholarly community. Traditional citation counts and H-Index rankings are still a valid piece of the metrics puzzle, but with expanding digital access to scholarly work, new ways to measure impact provide additional, valid data to illustrate the value of your work.

    Benefits of Article Level Metrics are well defined in the following graphic provided by PLOS.

    -Retrieved from

    Metrics can also include usage (views, downloads), publisher data, and Social Networking shares on sites such as & Facebook, blogs and other types of digital media.

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