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Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Intro


The Health Sciences Library supports Open Access, Open Archives, and Open Repositories as methods to encourage the widest possible access to scholarly content.

  • Open Access
    • Scholarly content made available free of charge to anyone upon publication.
  • Open Archives
    • Scholarly content in subscription publications made available free of charge after an initial embargo period.
  • Open Repositories
    • Digital collections of scholarly content on a particular subject or the collected intellectual works of an institution or group of institutions.

HSL Research on Scholarly Publishing

Summary data about use of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Open Access Authors' Fund (in existence from 2005 to 2013) is included in this preliminary report of research conducted  to determine authors' perspectives on open access publication.

Moore ME, Swogger S, Copeland L, McGraw K, Jenkins CG, and King EM.
Researchers Share Perspectives on Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: Exploratory Pilot Study Using Qualitative Analysis of Interview Transcripts.
Paper presented at the 2013 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, May 2013, Boston, MA.

Manage Your Copyrights

The following resolution was passed by the UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Council in 2005:

"Be it resolved that, to the extent permitted by law, UNC-CH faculty are the owners of their research and should retain ownership, or use other means to foster open access publication wherever possible."

Know the rights you own when you create an intellectual work. Don't transfer them without considering alternatives. Here are several resources to help you think about your options.

News from the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP)

The OATP is a social tagging project to capture new OA developments comprehensively and in real time.


Resources for Learning More