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Trinity University's Open Access Policy for Faculty

Provides a description of the OA policy, guidelines for negotiating with publishers, and steps to deposit your article in our repository.

Open Access at Trinity

The Trinity University Open Access Policy encourages faculty authors to retain non-commercial copyright for their scholarly publications and provides them with the means to negotiate those rights with their publishers. Additionally, Open Access facilitates the sharing of peer-reviewed research through Trinity's digital repository (Digital Commons), which provides free access to a faculty author's scholarly work.

The Open Access Policy at Trinity depends for its effectiveness on faculty authors granting to the university permission to upload digital copies of their scholarly publications to Trinity's digital repository. This website provides information on how to retain non-commercial copyright for your scholarly publications and how to submit copies of your publications to Trinity's digital repository.

What does Coates Library do to support open access publishing? More than you might think! Click here to read about ten major contributions, including the library's partnership with international initiatives like Knowledge Unlatched and the Open Library of Humanities. 

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Funding for Open Access Submissions

The Office of Academic Affairs offers support for publication expenses, including open access-related fees. If an author incurs such costs while preparing a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed venue, he or she may apply for a subsidy to underwrite publication expenses by:

1) Consulting with his or her department chair to discuss available resources.
2) Working to secure other sources of publication support from external sources. 
3) Writing to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Budget & Research to describe the need for support and request a subsidy.

The AVPAA:BR will review such requests on a first come, first served basis. Approval is contingent on the availability of funds and the nature of the request given that Academic Affairs funding is chiefly intended to help faculty begin and execute their scholarly and creative agendas.

In the case of article processing charges, which are sometimes required to publish in open access journals, an author should complete the steps described above and verify that the journal or venue in question is both reputable and fully compliant with open access standards, i.e., research outputs should be free of use and access restrictions. The AVPAA:BR, in consultation with faculty librarians or members of the Open Access Committee, will review requests on a first come, first served basis. Requests will be approved depending on demonstration of need, availability of funds, amount requested, and publication venue. With regard to venue, the AVPAA:BR’s role is to prevent publication in predatory journals, not to discriminate by journal prestige, reputation, or ranking.