Open access logoThere are many reasons to make your scholarly work openly available for anyone to read and use, even if you’re still going to publish with a subscription journal or traditional publisher.

The Duke Policy on Open Access to Research in section 6.4 of the Research Policy Manual allows faculty and graduate student authors to share their work openly. The Duke Libraries support several repositories where you can:

  • Deposit your work
  • Make it open access and available to a broader audience
  • Get a permanent citable link
  • Know it will be preserved for the future

Publications and data in a Duke repository are linked from your Scholars@Duke profile, further increasing their visibility, and making it easier for others to find, use, and cite your work.

For Duke faculty and affiliated researchers: share your scholarly works in DukeSpace

DukeSpace is an online, open access repository and home to an extensive collection of scholarly works by Duke authors. Scholarly works are made available by the authors themselves under the purview of the Open Access Policy.

The guide to depositing scholarly works in DukeSpace provides detailed policies, deposit instructions, and frequently asked questions.


What types of scholarly works are eligible for deposit?

  • Scholarly Articles
    • Peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in scholarly journals, including pre-prints
  • Research & Writings
    • Review articles, newspaper articles, magazine articles, blog posts, or other non-peer-reviewed writing
    • Conference abstracts and proceedings
    • Book sections
    • White papers, working papers, and other non-published scholarly documents
    • Fictional and creative works

Who may deposit?

  • Faculty: tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and professors of the practice
  • Students: graduate students and some undergraduates*
  • Post-Doctoral Fellows*
  • Affiliated Researchers*

*The Open Access Policy does not apply to student, post-doc, or non-faculty authors. Ensure you are the rights holder of the work before depositing.

For Duke faculty and affiliated researchers: share your research data in the Duke Research Data Repository

The Duke Research Data Repository accepts data, documentation, software, and other code related to the teaching and research mission of Duke University, including data linked to a publication, research project, and/or class projects. Data deposit is open to all members of the Duke Community with a valid NetId.

Learn about the policies for sharing data in the Duke Research Data Repository.

Frequently Asked Questions about sharing data in the Duke Research Data Repository.

For questions or assistance, email or make a consultation appointment with data management consultants in the library.

For student authors: deposit your thesis, dissertation, or master’s project

DukeSpace is home to student work such as master’s theses or projects, doctoral dissertations, and in some cases undergraduate honors thesis.

The policies for deposit of student work to DukeSpace vary by department. See the guide to Depositing to the DukeSpace Repository for more information and/or contact your department directly.

Frequently Asked Questions about submitting student work to DukeSpace.

Options for sharing your work beyond Duke

There are many open access repositories by discipline or type of data in addition to the depositor’s institution. Search this directory or consult your subject specialist in the library to learn more about the repositories that best fit your needs. If you’re looking to deposit data instead of publications, the re3data (Registry of Research Data Repositories) and FAIRsharing databases can help you find the one that best fits your need.

More information about Duke Libraries’ repository program and other available repository services are available from this page.


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