Promoting faculty scholarship to a global audience by creating a more sustainable and equitable academic publishing system.
The Trinity College Digital Repository
Why Open Access?
Open Access (OA) is a common end goal among academic publishing stakeholders for good reason. And, the benefits for Trinity College’s participation in Open Access publishing are significant:
- OA works are more easily discoverable and cited more often, which raises the visibility of Trinity scholarship.
- Ensuring that Trinity research is widely accessible fits with Trinity’s focus on global engagement and commitment to equity.
- Our collective investment in sustainable academic publishing models today will ensure that tomorrow’s generation of Trinity students will continue to have access to the information they need.
- Open Access allows faculty to connect and collaborate with their colleagues more quickly and easily, increasing their effectiveness and scholarly impact.
How to publish work as Open Access and unlock your scholarship
A few ways to help ensure your scholarship reaches the widest audience:
- Publish your work in the journal of your choice, but deposit a post-print (author’s manuscript) copy in the Trinity College Digital Repository, which provides free web access beyond Trinity. Many journal publishers allow authors to upload a post-peer review manuscript copy of an article to their institution’s repository. Colleges and universities that have passed Open Access “policies” or “resolutions” typically promote this method of Open Access publishing. You can look up your publisher’s policies by searching the Sherpa/Romeo database. then submit your work directly to the Digital Repository.
- Submit the work to an Open Access journal (Gold OA). Often, you will need to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publish the article, but sometimes the journal is independently funded by an academic society or several institutions so there is no cost to authors or subscribers. Use the Sherpa/Romeo database or the Directory of Open Access Journals to find reputable, peer-reviewed Open-Access publishers for your discipline.
- Submit the work to a hybrid journal. Many journals from the big publishers are hybrid, in that content within journal volumes can be either paywalled or open depending on whether authors have paid an APC.
- Negotiate with your journal or monograph publisher upfront to retain your copyrights. Read more about this from SPARC and use their Author Addendum with publishers.
Here are some suggested readings on Open Access and some of the inherent equity issues in the financial models currently in use, particularly the author-pays model:
- An Introduction to Open Access (2019)
- Transformative Agreements, Funders, and the Publishing Ecosystem: A lack of Focus on Equity (2020)
- Equity concerns persist over open-access publishing (2021)
Faculty publications recently added to the Digital Repository
Trinity’s Institutional Repository is a digital archive that showcases and provides access to scholarly and creative works by Trinity College community members. Works in the Repository are open to anyone on or off campus, resulting in increased readership and visibility.