Open Access at UNC-Chapel Hill

Open Access publishing is a movement that makes scholarly content available free of charge. The UNC Libraries support open access, open archives, and open repositories as methods to encourage the widest possible access to scholarly content.

UNC’s Open Access Policy builds on a resolution UNC’s Faculty Council had passed ten years earlier that stated:

“Be it resolved that UNC-CH faculty are the owners of their research and should retain ownership and use open access publication venues whenever possible.”

In April 2015 UNC’s Faculty Council went a step further and passed a  Resolution on Endorsing an Open Access Policy.   This resolution became the UNC Open Access Policy.  The goals of the policy are:

  • To allow the fruits of faculty research and scholarship to be disseminated as widely as possible.
  • To protect the intellectual property rights of faculty while respecting the diversity of scholarly communication practices across the university.
  • To achieve these goals  with a (narrow) rights-retention policy.

In order to help faculty comply with this resolution and provide a repository for non-faculty university authors, University Library staff have  developed self-submission functionality for the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR).

Deposit your open access scholarly work today.

If you have questions about the Open Access Policy, check out our FAQs or contact Anne Gilliland, the Library’s Scholarly Communications Officer.

If you have questions about the CDR submissions process, contact the CDR staff.