Recognizing that the widespread dissemination of scholarly works is fundamental to the mission of the academy, the Trinity University Faculty Senate passed an Open Access policy on October 23, 2009. Under the policy, each faculty member grants to the University a non-exclusive license to their scholarly articles in order to make those articles freely available via the Institutional Repository.
Open Access refers to unrestricted online access to creative work or scholarship. These works are available to anyone in the world with an internet connection and a web browser. Payment is not required to access content.
Open access policies allow universities to make research and scholarship more accessible to scholars, educators, policymakers, and citizens around the world.
This policy will allow you to make your manuscripts freely and legally accessible.
Open Access increases the visibility and impact of scholarship. Articles in the Digital Commons are cataloged, preserved, indexed and collocated, bringing individual and institutional scholarship together in on place.
The easiest way to comply with the policy is to deposit a copy of your work in the institutional repository, the Digital Commons@Trinity where the work will be stored, preserved, and made freely available.
When signing a copyright agreement with the publisher, you may notify them of Trinity's Open Access policy by sending them a link to it.