Resources for creating a more sustainable and equitable academic publishing system.

The Trinity College Digital Repository is 10 Years Old!

Celebrating faculty scholarship by the numbers:

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The Complexity of Scholarly Publishing

The traditional system of academic publishing was born in a print-based world, in which scholars submitted their work to a journal supported by library subscriptions. During the last few decades of the twentieth century, journal publishers merged and raised subscription prices far above inflation rates. In response, scholars and their institutions are increasingly favoring alternative business models that bundle together fees for subscription and publishing. These models often result in Open Access readership.

Open Access

Open Access is a common end goal among academic publishing stakeholders, but there is not yet a one-size-fits-all economic model that is both equitable and sustainable. To publish an article under Open Access terms, you typically have the following choices:

  • Submit the work to an Open Access journal (Gold OA). Usually, you will need to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publsh the article, but sometimes the journal is independently funded by an academic society or several institutions so the APC can be waived. 
  • Submit the work to a hybrid journal. Many journals from the big publishers are hybrid, in that content within journal volumes can be either closed or open depending on whether authors have paid an APC. 
  • Publish your work as subscription-only but deposit a post-print copy in the Trinity College Digital Repository.  Many journal publishers allow authors to upload a post-peer review manuscript copy of an article to their institution’s repository.

Here are some suggested readings on Open Access issues.

Unlocking your work

A few ways to help ensure your scholarship reaches the widest audience:

  1. Deposit a publicly-accessible post-print copy of your work in the Digital Repository.  Many publishers permit the deposit of the post-print or manuscript version of an article. This is the post-peer reviewed version but *not* the final published copy. You can look up your publisher’s policies by searching the Sherpa/Romeo database.  then submit your work directly to the Digital Repository.
  2. Seek out publishers and Open Access journals that have more lenient distribution policies and submit your work to these publishers first. Use the Sherpa/Romeo database or the Directory of Open Access Journals to find Open-Access minded publishers for your discipline.
  3. 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.

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.