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Scholarly Communications: Open Access

The latest in Schol Comm news!

What is Open Access?

Open Access refers to research and materials that are freely available online. The creators of these items have put low barriers to access by not imposing strict copyright or licensing restrictions. Check out Peter Suber's "Very Brief Introduction to Open Access" for a good overview of the topic.

How Does the Library Support Open Access?

Institutional Repository 

repository.iit is a great way to make your work open access. The library will work with faculty, students, or staff members to deposit research in the institutional repository. We can make the work open to the general public, pending your agreement with your publisher. Even when work is not able to be placed in the institutional repository because of copyright restrictions, there may be other versions of the work (such as preprints) that can be made freely accessible.   

Library Open Access Policy 

The library has an open access policy for the published works of librarians. This policy was created using the Harvard Open Access Project as a guide. Please contact if your department or college is interested in developing an open access policy. 


If you are considering publishing in an open access journal, we welcome you to contact the library at We can help provide information about the credibility of the journal, and can also assist in helping faculty to navigate copyright agreements with traditional publishers so that work can be made open access. 

How Can Illinois Tech Faculty Support Open Access?

  • Publish in open access journals
  • Submit work to repository.iit, and encourage students to do so as well  
  • Work to establish departmental or college level open access policy 
  • Provide peer review for open access journals 
  • Use open access materials as part of your courses