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Open Access

In this guide, learn about discovering freely available research and find ways to make your work open access.

Publishing Open Access

Publishing your research in open access journals or monographs is a great way to increase the visibility of your work and to preserve it for future use and discovery.

Open access publications are made freely available for readers, charging no subscription fees to users or institutions. To cover publication costs, open access publishers sometimes charge author publication fees, or APCs, or receive subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships from institutions, governments, or philanthropic organizations. 

UofSC Support and Memberships

  • The University Libraries offers research stipends to publish in open access journals. Visit OA Fund for more information and to apply for funding. 
  • UofSC authors are eligible for a discount when publishing open access in most ACS journals through the ACS AuthorChoice Program.
    • When submitting the ACS AuthorChoice form, insert the institutional name in the 'APPLY DISCOUNTS' window to receive the reduced price
  • The library is a member of the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program. MDPI is a leader in open access publishing, publishing journals such as Sustainability, Energies, Sensors, Nutrients, Water, Minerals and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Apart from a broad collection of natural sciences journals, MDPI also offers various open access journals covering the humanities and social sciences.
    • The University of South Carolina’s Institutional Open Access Membership entitles UofSC affiliates to a 10% discount on the publication of all accepted articles. When submitting, authors will be prompted to select their institute to obtain the discount. If an institutional email is used, authors will be pre-selected for the discount. 
  • UofSC authors receive a 10% discount when publishing in qualifying SAGE open access journals
    • For articles accepted for publication in a gold open access journal (a journal in which all content is published open access under a Creative Commons license – visit the journal’s individual website on SAGE Journals to find out if it’s an open access journal) the author should email when they are asked to arrange payment of the APC. The author should include the following information:

      • Article ID
      • Article title
      • Journal
      • Institutional affiliation and state that they are eligible for the Carolina Consortium 10% discount.
    • The open access team will verify that the institution is a member of the Carolina Consortium and will provide the author with a discount code and instructions on how to apply the code at checkout in the payment system.
  • UofSC Libraries is a participant in the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, which provides open access to 13 core anthropology journals published by Berghahn Books. 

Finding an Open Access Publication

It's important to select an open access publication that is the right fit for you both academically and financially. We recommend the use of these tools to locate an open access publisher for your works.

Author Rights

You retain the copyright to your work until you assign it to someone else. You are granted a bundle of exclusive rights: to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and modify your original work.

Frequently, authors sign agreements with publishers without realizing what rights they are giving up. It is up to you to decide whether you will surrender all of your rights, some of them, or none of them to a publisher. If you would like to use your work in any of the following ways, you should consider negotiating with your publisher before you sign your agreement. If you would like to:

  • Copy your articles for distribution in class
  • Post your work on your personal website
  • Distribute copies to your colleagues
  • Reuse portions or all of the work in future publications or
  • Add your research to your institutional repository

You can investigate securing these Author Rights.