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Georgia Tech Open Access Policy

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Why Open Access?

Open Access means making the peer-reviewed scholarly work you produce accessible and with no charge to the public, and ideally with as few re-use restrictions as possible. There are several reasons Georgia Tech passed the Georgia Tech Open Access Policy.

  1. Alignment with Federal Policies: More and more agencies are requiring research to be made Open Access. Georgia Tech's OA Policy keeps us ahead of the curve.
  2. Shifting publishing landscape: Traditional paywalled publishing is becoming more expensive to access, and more and more publications are turning to more open models.
  3. Visibility to peers and fellow researchers: Open Access increases the likelihood that your scholarship will be accessible to those who need it and use it.
  4. Making Georgia Tech scholarship available to the public: Georgia Tech is committed to making the cutting edge research conducted here accessible to the public at large.

Faculty can use this policy to make their work openly available, no matter where they publish.

Find out how you can submit your work, or waive the policy.

Why is it Important?

To provide a mechanism for our faculty to share and disseminate their scholarly work, regardless of where they choose to publish.

Georgia Tech faculty are committed to making their work discoverable and making sure it has the most impact possible in research and scholarship. Making your research articles openly accessible means that anyone with an internet connection can have access to your important work, not just those with a paid subscription to an online site.

To proactively position Georgia Tech to meet the increasing federal funding requirements for public access to research.

In 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a memorandum requiring all agencies providing over $100 million in research grants to make the products of those grants open access. More details about specific federal agency open access plans can be found on the Library's Federal Agency Public Access Policies Guide. The SPARC organization has also set up a useful comparison database of federal agency sharing requirements. Georgia Tech's Open Access Policy anticipated these requirements. Those already complying with the Georgia Tech policy are already positioned to meet federal requirements.

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