What is Open Access?

The term "open access" refers to research output that is

  • immediately and freely available to anyone upon publication, and 
  • free of many copyright restrictions that prevent reuse by others.

Why Publish Open Access?

  • Open access publishing can increase your research impact by making it visible to readers beyond those who have a subscription to the journal.
  • Some funders (for example, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health) require the output of their funded research to be made openly accessible.

How to Publish Open Access

Under a traditional publishing model, journal subscribers (such as libraries) absorb the costs of publishing. Various open access alternatives are emerging as a counter to the traditional model. Some of these alternatives involve publication costs instead being charged to the author - costs you will sometimes hear referred to as article processing charges (APCs). 


Options for Article Processing Charge Payment

  1. Grant Funding: If you are requesting external funding for your research, you can often write the cost of APCs into your grant.
  2. Institutional Funding: Check with your academic department or college to see if there is funding available to pay for an APC.
  3. Randall Library Open Access Publishing Fund: To help offset the cost of APCs, Randall Library is piloting an open access publishing fund in Spring 2021. For those who do not have alternative means of APC funding, we will award up to $1500 to individual UNCW authors to publish your research in an open access publication. Click here for more information and to apply!

Agreements with Publishers

  1. UNCW authors who publish open access in Karger journals have their APC costs waived.
  2. UNCW authors who publish in Sage journals receive 10% off the cost of their APCs.

Seahawk DOCKS (Institutional Repository)

Even if your research is not fully open access, many publishers allow you to deposit your articles and chapters (or a version of them) in your institutional repository. Putting your work in UNCW's institutional repository, called Seahawk DOCKS, increases the visibility of your research by making it more widely accessible.

Seahawk DOCKS

Seahawk DOCKS is UNCW's portion of a shared database called North Carolina Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship (NC DOCKS). Designed by UNC Greensboro and shared with UNCG, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and UNC Pembroke, NC DOCKS is designed to hold digital, online copies of faculty articles, white papers, and other scholarly works, in addition to student theses and dissertations. This type of database is often referred to as an "Institutional Repository," or IR.

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