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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing @ UNO

This guide explains open access publishing and how UNO scholars can receive funding to support OA

What's in This Guide?

The purpose of this guide is to help the University of Nebraska at Omaha community explore and understand new models of scholarly publishing. The guide provides information on open access within the scholarly communications' life cycle and the ways UNO participates.

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Open Access Fund

To encourage the University community to publish their research in open access platforms, UNO Libraries has established a fund to finance payment of article processing fees for UNO authors who wish to publish in open access journals or open access articles in hybrid journals. In addition to this, a pilot project has been launched for the 2019-2020 academic year in which we will be providing funding for open access books and book chapters. Open access funds demonstrate an institution’s support for new and innovative research publishing models.

Goals of the program

  • Support for UNO affiliated authors who wish to publish open access
  • Support for transition to a more sustainable scholarly publishing model
  • Greater equality of access to information
  • Greater visibility and accessibility of UNO scholarship
  • Encouragement of authors to retain rights to their work

Why is Open Access Important?

What is Open Access?

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) defines "open access" as follows:

By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

In addition to benefiting consumers of scholarly information, open access also benefits scholars, increasing the visibility, influence, and potential benefit of their research. It helps redress global inequity of access to scholarship by dismantling cost barriers to research dissemination. And it returns research results more swiftly and readily to the public, who provide much of the funding for scholarly work.

For definitions of frequently used open access terms, take a look at the Open Access Glossary.


This guide has been created by the University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library and is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.