What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. It is most commonly applied to scholarly journal articles, but it is also increasingly being provided to theses, scholarly monographs and book chapters.
At Duke, one of the signature themes of our mission is putting knowledge in the service of society. This means making the fruits of Duke research available as broadly as possible — not just to researchers at places like Duke that have subscription access to scholarly literature via their libraries but to anyone who might benefit from the scholarship being done here.
Duke University supports open access through a number of initiatives and encourages Duke scholars to work toward making their research openly accessible.
Duke University Open Access Policy
In March 2010, the Duke University Academic Council adopted an open access policy that applies to all Duke faculty members and provides Duke a license to make scholarly articles authored by Duke faculty freely available via a Duke University Libraries repository known as DukeSpace. The text of the policy is found in Appendix P of the Faculty Handbook.
The DukeSpace repository hosts articles made available under this policy, as well as other scholarly resources from Duke. Duke faculty may deposit their work to DukeSpace via the Elements system, while building their Scholars@Duke profile.
If your publisher requests a formal letter waiving the faculty open access policy (i.e., asking you to opt out), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes the name of the publisher and the citation of the article.
- Psychology and neuroscience post-doc Steve Stanton says that publishing in an open access format leads to better press coverage, more visibility and increased name recognition at conferences.
- Biologist Mohamed Noor on how open access publishing has led to more visibility, citations, and possible career advancement.
- Law professor and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain James Boyle discusses societal and scholarly benefits of free and easy access to information.
- Duke Law’s senior associate dean for information services Dick Danner discusses Duke Law’s efforts to make faculty and student scholarship freely accessible online .
- Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain Jennifer Jenkins tells us how open access builds collaborations and describes the creative commons publication “Bound by Law.”
Open Access Initiatives and Resources
The Duke University Graduate School requires all students to submit their theses and dissertations electronically, and Duke Libraries make them available to all via the DukeSpace repository.
Open Access at Duke Law
In 1998, the Duke University School of Law became the first in the country to make all the articles published in its law journals — including back issues — freely accessible online. The Duke Law Scholarship Repository continues to provide free, full-text access to more than 3,000 scholarly articles written by Duke Law faculty or published in Duke Law journals.
Open Access at Duke Medical Center
The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives supports open access to health and medical information.