Open in Action

Open Access (OA) benefits authors and readers of scholarly articles. Here are a few simple steps to make your work more open:

1. Read and Retain Publication Agreements

These negotiable contracts determine to what extent authors can exercise ownership rights of their work after publication. The best contracts permit authors to retain liberal sharing rights. Find out more at our Copyright Resources guide.

2. Share in KU ScholarWorks

Legal deposit of your articles in KU ScholarWorks increases their visibility and potential impact while providing access to readers without subscription access. We do the rights assessment and deposit for you. Learn more about KU ScholarWorks.

3. Register for an ORCID ID

ORCID provides a free author disambiguation tool - a unique identifier for researchers. ORCID identifiers are being used by funders, publishers, and institutions to tie researchers to their research products. Find out more at

In addition to these simple steps, there are many ways researchers can be more open. Contact members of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright for more information or to set up a consultation.

  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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