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Open Access: How to Publish OA

Green OA: SMU Scholar

SMU Scholar is a complement to traditional publishing. It hosts collections for many colleges and departments already, and more can be added.

How do I do it?

Your work can still be published in any number of traditional outlets. If you do not sign away your authors' rights, you may be able to store a copy in SMU Scholar too. See directions on how to submit your materials here

Gold OA: Publish in Select Journals

The library has publishing agreements to pay Article Processing Charges (APC's) in order to publish as Gold Open Access in several selected journals. 

SMU currently has OA publishing agreements with these publishers:

This list is expected to grow as we sign more transformative agreements with publishers, so check back frequently.

How do I do it?

Submit your article via the typical submission process for that journal. After manuscript acceptance, if the journal has an open access agreement with us, you will be advised that OA publishing is available to you, with SMU paying the publication costs. You can choose whether or not to accept it.


What will SMU pay for?

SMU's agreements with the publishers listed under Gold OA will cover all the Article Processing Charges (APCs) so that your article can be freely available anywhere on the internet, at no cost to you. 

However, the agreement only covers if the SMU author is listed as the corresponding author.

What about errata?

The charge for errata is covered. 

What about over-length charges? 

Some journals (particularly IEEE journals) charge if an article goes over a certain page length. This charge is not covered by SMU. 

What about color charges?

This charge is usually to print the images/graphics in color in the print edition (color online is usually free). Color charges are not paid by our agreements. 

Creative Commons licenses

OA content, both text and multimedia, is frequently published with Creative Commons (CC) licenses. CC licenses give you more control over how people can reuse your work:

  • CC-Attribution (CC-BY) -- any re-users must give you credit
  • CC-ShareAlike (CC-SA) -- others may remix, adapt, and build upon your work, as long as they give their new creation the same CC license as you use
  • CC-NoDerivs (CC-ND) -- others may reuse the work for any purpose, even commercially, but it cannot be shared with others
  • CC-NonCommercial (CC-NC) -- others may remix, adapt, and build upon your work in any non-commercial way, but they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms

You can also combine some of the above licenses, such as CC BY-NC-ND. Read more about the license options here

Other OA outlets

In addition to the options listed on this page, other high-quality publications are also OA. Use these tools to help find them: