Open Access Policy Procedures
Policy 535 Open Access Procedures
Read the copyright agreement your publisher has asked you to sign. Most publishers require you to transfer some, if not all, of your copyright to your scholarly works. However, this might prevent your work from reaching its widest possible audience.
If your publisher allows you to deposit an author’s or publisher’s version of your work in USU’s Open Access Institutional Repository, simply email your article to the Library’s Scholarly Communications Office. We’ll take care of the rest.
Not sure if your publisher allows you to deposit an author’s or publisher’s version of your work in USU’s Open Access Institutional Repository? Ask us and we’ll find out for you.
If the publisher expects you to surrender your copyright, inform them that you have a prior agreement with USU, under which both you and the University have the right to ensure that your work reaches its widest possible audience. This will be accomplished primarily through deposit in the University’s Open Access Institutional Repository. Moreover, this agreement secures your right to post your article on your personal website, create derivative works, share it with students and colleagues, etc.
Informing your publisher of this type of agreement is easy. To do so, write: “Subject to the attached addendum” under your signature on your publication agreement. Then, download, sign and attach the provided online addendum.
If the publisher agrees to the addendum, simply email your article to the Library’s Scholarly Communications Office.
If the publisher does not agree and you wish to continue with the publication process thus surrendering your copyright to your work, simply email the bibliographic citation of the article to the Library’s Scholarly Communication Office, and you will automatically be granted a waiver of Policy 535.