What is Open Access?

Open Access refers to scholarly literature that is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and reuse restrictions (Peter Suber).

For more information about open access see the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Access page.

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Open Access @ KU

16,977
The number of researchers to date that have signed the pledge not to publish, review, or serve on editorial boards for Elsevier journals

94
The number of scholarly communities in KU ScholarWorks

72,328
The number of times the most popular KU ScholarWorks item, Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur, has been downloaded

2009
The year that the KU Open Access Policy was approved by the Faculty Senate

8,991,295
The number of times that items in KU ScholarWorks have been downloaded

241
The number of works by undergraduate students in KU ScholarWorks

722
The number of dissertations and theses in the Pre-1923 Dissertations and Theses collection.

KU Faculty's Open Access Policy

The KU Faculty Open Access Policy asserts faculty rights to make their published scholarly articles openly available. In 2009, via a vote by Faculty Senate, KU became the 1st public institution to adopt an open access policy after Harvard, MIT, and Stanford’s School of Education. As of 2019, over 75 US universities, public and private, have adopted similar open access policies. As the Provost’ Designate under the policy, the Shulenburger Office supports faculty in a variety of ways to make their scholarly work as visible as possible.  

To best leverage the Open Access Policy, faculty should affirm the license. Occasionally a publisher may require a faculty member to opt out of the Policy for a specific article, in which case the author may submit an Open Access Policy Waiver Form.

See Get Started for additional information.

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Contact
  • Ada Emmett
    Librarian
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

    aemmett@ku.edu
    785-864-8831
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

    jbolick@ku.edu
    785-864-1828
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Coordinator
    Digital Initiatives & Discovery Services, KU Libraries

    mreed@ku.edu
    785-864-8913
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