Open access is the practice of sharing scholarly research outputs (articles, reports, data, etc.) freely online without paywall barriers. Making Duke research open access supports the university’s mission of “knowledge in the service of society” by allowing anyone with an internet connection to access groundbreaking scholarship by Duke’s researchers. Openness expands the reach of our community’s discoveries and supports an equitable access to knowledge, enabling our students, faculty, and other researchers to read current scholarship as well as to promote the overall accessibility of scholarship in the greater publishing ecosystem.

The Duke University Libraries supports open access publishing in a number of ways, one of which is investing in open initiatives, programs, and publishing projects that allow Duke authors to publish their scholarship and freely access others’.

The following is a list of projects and open publishing venues the Libraries contribute to, which may be suitable for your publications.


Discounted/Waived Article Processing Charges (APCs) in Scholarly Journals

Some open access scholarly journals operate on a model of charging authors article processing fees upon acceptance. In order to reduce barriers to publishing in these journals, Duke Libraries has made agreements to waive or discount these fees for our authors.

Cambridge University Press Read & Publish

This agreement allows Duke researchers to access subscription-based CUP journals and also to publish their own scholarship in all CUP fully open access or hybrid open access journals at no charge. This agreement began in January 2022.

How do Duke authors benefit?

Publishing an article openly in a CUP journal costs $0 for Duke authors and increases the reach and impact of their scholarship by publishing openly.

Who at Duke is eligible?

Authors affiliated with Duke University, including School of Medicine, Fuqua School of Business, School of Law, Divinity School, and other academic programs; authors affiliated with Duke Kunshan University.

Who at Duke is not eligible?

Authors affiliated with the hospital and health system who do not also have a University or professional school appointment.

How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

When your manuscript is accepted by a CUP journal, you will sign a publication agreement in which you can select the open access option. If the journal is fully open access, RightsLink will send your article agreement directly to Duke Libraries for approval. If the journal is hybrid open access, then make sure to select “Gold Open Access.” (See the instructions from CUP.) Library staff approves articles quickly, ensuring timely publication of your work.

For more details and description of the Cambridge University Press deal, please read the Duke Libraries blog post.

How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

Duke scholars can share their research openly, which furthers the exchange of knowledge in the service of society, making more scholarship open on a larger scale. Other universities in this program contribute their scholarship openly as well.


Open Access Books and Scholarly Monographs

Historically, the open access movement has been journal article-focused. These projects strive to make scholarly monographs in book-based disciplines openly available.

Duke Open Monograph Award – Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)

Open access has applied predominantly to scholarly journals. Duke is a part of a collaborative project developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of University Presses (AUP) called Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), which is an effort to make more scholarly monographs openly available on a broad scale.

Each fiscal year, the Duke Libraries supports 3 scholarly monographs to be published openly at the cost of $15,000 per book.

 

How do Duke authors benefit?

Authors in the humanities and social sciences can have their monographs be made open access by a major university press at no cost to them.

Who at Duke is eligible?

Current full-time members of the Duke faculty. Tenure-track and tenured faculty, as well as non-tenure-track faculty with long-term appointments, are eligible to apply.

Who at Duke is not eligible?

Students, non-full time faculty.

Monographs themselves are subject to the following requirements: not previously published and aimed at a scholarly audience using in-depth research methods. TOME Monographs cannot be critical editions, edited anthologies, creative works, textbooks, or translations of previously published works.

How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

Make an application from the Open Monograph Award website. Approval is required by library staff in collaboration with the participating presses.

How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

Monographs have generally been limited to physical volumes in libraries historically, but with open, electronic versions, these books by Duke authors can reach a wider audience.

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MIT Direct to Open (D2O)

MIT Press is piloting this program to open access to all new monographs from 2022 forward via recurring participation fees from libraries. It also gives digital access to the entire MIT backlist and archives.

How does the Duke community benefit?

We will have access to the entire MIT monograph catalog and we are supporting their efforts to make all monographs fully open going forward. Duke will have free access to those future books in perpetuity.

How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

Patrons can access back list MIT monographs through the Libraries catalog and fully open monographs on the internet broadly—generally from MIT Press’s website.

How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

Monographs have generally been limited to physical volumes in libraries historically, but with open, electronic versions, these books can reach a wider audience. Our support of the MIT D2O initiative will encourage a transition to sharing scholarship openly.

 

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Open Book Publishers

A UK-based scholarly publisher of monographs in print and digital format, with purchasable volumes as well as fully open ebook editions of their titles.

How does the Duke community benefit?

The Duke Libraries supports Open Book Publishers to provide free ebook downloads as well as discounted prices on physical copies of monographs.

How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

Visit their website and find their books in the Libraries catalog. You can submit your monographs to them as you would any other scholarly book publisher.

How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

Monographs have generally been limited to physical volumes in libraries historically, but with open, electronic versions, these books can reach a wider audience. Our support of Open Book Publishers will encourage a transition to sharing scholarship openly.

 

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punctum books

A publisher of open access books “devoted to academic and para-academic authors working in any field in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and architecture & design who want to publish books that are genre-queer and genre-bending and which take experimental risks with the forms and styles of intellectual writing.”

How does the Duke community benefit?

Our support of punctum books allows all authors published with them to have their books made fully open access. This can be Duke authors’ books or books by others that Duke researchers wish to read.

How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

punctum operates like any other academic publisher: submission, peer review, and publication. Work with the publisher directly to submit your manuscript and explore their website for their already-published titles.

How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

Monographs have generally been limited to physical volumes in libraries historically, but with open, electronic versions, these books can reach a wider audience. Our support of the punctum books initiative will encourage a transition to sharing scholarship openly.

 

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University of Michigan Press Fund to Mission Open Access Monographs

UMP’s transitional model to making all of their monographs fully open access, starting in 2021. The goal is to make 75% of the press’s monographs open by the end of 2023. This includes the backfile as well as new books. Duke Libraries’ support of the initiative is meant to promote sustainable, open infrastructures for sharing humanities and social sciences scholarship.

How does the Duke community benefit?

We now have access to the open backfile of UMP monographs as well as current ebooks. 

How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

These titles are in the Libraries catalog and also available from the UMP website for download. If you wish you publish with UMP, your monograph will be a part of this program.

How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

Monographs have generally been limited to physical volumes in libraries historically, but with open, electronic versions, these books can reach a wider audience. Our support of the Fund to Mission initiative will encourage a transition to sharing scholarship openly.


Scholarly Journals

Below is a list of peer-reviewed scholarly journals Duke Libraries supports in their mission to publish scholarly openly.

Many journals are now transitioning to full open access. During this changeover, they are asking libraries to subscribe to their titles, which are open going forward and are gradually making their backfiles available openly as well. Duke Libraries invests in these to support a transition to openness.

Annual ReviewsAnnual Reviews publishes journals in numerous disciplines. Nine journals are currently part of their S2O program:

  • Annual Review of Virology
  • Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
  • Annual Review of Cancer Biology
  • Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
  • Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
  • Annual Review of Political Science
  • Annual Review of Public Health

                Astronomy and Astrophysics Scholarly journal covering theoretical, observational, and instrumental astronomy and astrophysics.

                Aqua Peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers suggesting new solutions to providing sustainable water supply. The journal covers research and development in both water technology and management.

                Commentarii Mathematici HelveticiOriginal research articles on all aspects in mathematics.

                DemographyOriginal research in a broad range of disciplines that includes anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, psychology, public health, sociology, and statistics. Wide variety of methodological approaches to population research. Now published by Duke University Press.

                Elemente der Mathematik Survey articles and short notes about important developments in the field of mathematics, stimulating shorter communications that tackle more specialized questions, and papers that report on the latest advances in mathematics and applications in other disciplines.

                Focaal Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.

                Interfaces and Free BoundariesA journal dedicated to the mathematical modeling, analysis and computation of interfaces, and free boundary problems in all areas where such phenomena are pertinent.

                Journal of the European Mathematical SocietyResearch articles in all active areas of pure and applied mathematics.

                Portugaliae Mathematica A peer reviewed journal of high-level research articles in all branches of mathematics.

                Quantum Topology A peer reviewed journal dedicated to publishing original research articles, short communications, and surveys in quantum topology and related areas of mathematics.

                Social AnthropologyJournal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the major professional organization for anthropologists in Europe. Global scope. Publishes key contributions by both established and up-and-coming anthropologists.

                Water Science and Technology Papers on all aspects of the science and technology of wastewater and stormwater management worldwide.

                These journals are supported by the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3), which redirects subscription costs for libraries into collaborative, alternative funding models that allow open access to articles at no cost to authors or readers.

                Chinese Physics C Research into the theory and experiment of particle physics, nuclear physics, particle and nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology.

                European Physical Journal Series of peer-reviewed journals covering the whole spectrum of physics and related interdisciplinary subjects.

                Journal of High Energy Physics Areas of theoretical and experimental physics.

                Nuclear Physics APapers on nuclear and hadronic physics and includes the following subsections: Nuclear Structure and Dynamics; Intermediate and High Energy Heavy Ion Physics; Hadronic Physics; Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions; Nuclear Astrophysics.

                Physics Letters AGeneral and cross-disciplinary physics, Condensed matter physics, Quantum information, Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Nonlinear science, Statistical physics, Mathematical physics, Computational physics, AMO, Physics of complex systems, Plasma physics, Fluid physics, Optical physics, Biological physics and nanoscience.

                 

                The Open Library of the Humanities is a platform supporting open access scholarly journals in the humanities with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Duke sponsors the activities of OLH with library funds so they can continue their mission of operating without APCs. All articles by Duke researchers published in journals hosted on OLH are made open access without fees to the authors and all articles are free to read.

                Both subscription-based and APC-based journal funding models restrict access; either they are pay-to-read or pay-to-publish, which can present barriers to readers and authors. OLH uses reasonably priced contributions from libraries to fund their business activities so that scholarship can be shared openly in a truly low-barrier manner.

                The OLH journals are:

                • Open Library of Humanities
                • 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
                • ASIANetwork Exchange
                • Architectural Histories
                • Body, Space & Technology
                • C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings
                • The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
                • Digital Medievalist
                • Digital Studies / Le champ numérique
                • Ethnologia Europaea
                • Francosphères
                • Genealogy+Critique
                • Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                • International Journal of Welsh Writing in English
                • Journal of Embodied Research
                • Laboratory Phonology
                • Marvell Studies
                • Orbit: A Journal of American Literature
                • Pynchon Notes
                • Quaker Studies
                • Studies in the Maternal
                • Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal
                • Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung
                • The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O’Brien Studies

                [See the complete list on OLH for details of each journal and submission guidelines.]

                Coming soon.


                Publishing Initiatives & Platforms

                As the scholarly publishing ecosystem evolves, various open initiatives outside of journals and monographs have developed. These can be tools to support scholarship, collaborative efforts to reform publishing, resources beyond periodicals and books, and more.

                 

                arXiv.org

                arXiv is an open access archive repository of pre-prints of scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Pre-prints are pre-peer review manuscripts shared for open comment, as is common practice in these disciplines.

                How do Duke authors benefit?

                Any researcher can make their pre-prints available openly in arXiv. It provides early access to hundreds of thousands of scholarly articles (before publication) for hundreds of thousands of authors nationally and internationally. Duke authors can share their work and read others’.

                Who at Duke is eligible?

                Anyone. Our support of arXiv is not institution-specific. We invested in the platform itself for all submitting authors.

                How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

                Create an account and use the arXiv platform to submit your work.

                How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

                Scholarly publishing is a slow process and sharing pre-prints can expedite the exchange of knowledge. Our support of arXiv is to further discovery at a faster pace and encourage the practice of making pre-prints open when some of the final journal articles will be behind paywalls.

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                Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

                An independent index of high-quality open access scholarly journals in all disciplines and languages. There are basic quality assessment criteria for journals to be included in DOAJ. It is supported by libraries and publishers.

                How does the Duke community benefit?

                Duke authors can vet open journals upon considering submission of articles to them.

                How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

                DOAJ has a searchable and browseable interface for pursuing journal titles in their index. It is free to use.

                How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

                DOAJ’s mission is to promote the use and proliferation of quality open access journals. Vetting them ensures that there is quality control in a field that can include more predatory or undesirable publication practices.

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                LIBRARIA

                A collective action group of researchers based in the social sciences who collaborate with librarians, publishers, and other stakeholders to develop a “more open, diverse, community-controlled scholarly communication system.” It is considered a consulting and advocacy organization for openness in scholarly publishing.

                How does the Duke community benefit?

                A more open scholarly ecosystem fosters knowledge exchange and the advancement of research. Duke’s investment in LIBRARIA is part of its mission to make scholarship more accessible overall.

                How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

                You can contact LIBRARIA’s experts for help with advocacy or advice on openness in scholarship, from “flipping” journals to open, investigating openness in your scholarly society, and working with libraries to support your open efforts.

                How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

                Openness benefits all, furthering human knowledge. The more organizations collaborate and exchange expertise, the more connected we’ll be with this mission.

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                PhilPapers

                A comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. The largest open access archive of scholarship in philosophy. Features are free to use, but Duke Libraries uses our means to invest in advanced research features for our community and to support the effort to make philosophy materials open.

                How do Duke authors benefit?

                Access to advanced research features and download capabilities for PhilPapers interface.

                How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

                Direct access on the Duke network or NetID authentication will allow access to advanced features. All other features are free for anyone.

                How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

                PhilPapers provides high-quality research and materials on philosophy topics to the world free of charge. Universities with means who invest support this sharing of knowledge.

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                Corpus of Contemporary American English

                The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) is the only large and “representative” corpus of American English. The corpus contains more than one billion words of text (25+ million words each year 1990-2019) from eight genres: spoken, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, academic texts, and (with the update in March 2020): TV and Movies subtitles, blogs, and other web pages.

                How do Duke authors benefit?

                Access to a major database of language for large-scale text-based searching. Free to use, but Duke invests in the project to gain access to advanced research features for our community.

                How do Duke authors utilize this resource?

                Direct access on the Duke network or NetID authentication will allow access to advanced features. All other features are free for anyone.

                How does the world benefit from this open initiative?

                The corpus provides high-quality materials to the world free of charge. Universities with means who invest support this sharing of knowledge.

                 


                Have questions about open initiatives at Duke? Email open-access@duke.edu