Open Access

Promoting Open Scholarship Globally

The University Libraries contributes to the following organizations and initiatives that support and advocate for open scholarship.

“Annual Reviews, published by a nonprofit organization, bring together current research in the sciences, medicine, and the social sciences. The University Libraries supports a selection of these journals, including Annual Review of Cancer Biology, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, Annual Review of Political Science, and Annual Review of Public Health. provides open access pre-prints in physics and related fields.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a database listing more than 16,500 peer-reviewed open access journals encompassing numerous languages and a wide range of disciplines.

With contributions from libraries, museums, historical societies, and individual collectors, Reveal Digital creates collections of open access primary sources. The University Libraries supports the project “Diversity and Dissent: Civil Society in 20th-Century America.”

HathiTrust is a digital collection of more than 17 million items sponsored by a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries.

Knowledge Unlatched connects libraries and publishers to make scholarly books open access.

The LPC is an independent, community-led membership association of academic and research libraries and library consortia engaged in scholarly publishing.

MIT Press created the MIT Direct 2 Open initiative to make scholarly monographs freely available.

SCOAP3 supports the publication of open access journal articles in high-energy physics.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an international advocate for open access, works with researchers, publishers, libraries, students, funders, and policymakers.

Making Your Research Open

The University Libraries hosts ScholarWorks@UARK, a digital repository for research, scholarship, creative work, and instructional materials produced by U of A faculty, staff, and students.

Support for Open Access Publishing

The University Libraries, in collaboration with other units across campus, participates in several programs, through direct funding or agreements with publishers, to make U of A research open access (OA).Here are a few examples of those programs.

University of Arkansas Open Access Publishing Fund: Faculty, staff, and students at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville (UAF) can receive up to $2000 toward publishing charges for open access (OA) journal articles and monographs. Check out the infographic (saved as a PDF below) to see how this fund has already benefited U of A authors.

Cambridge University Press: Faculty, staff, and students at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville (UAF) can publish open access (OA) articles in Cambridge University Press journals without paying an article processing charge (APC).

Public Library of Science (PLOS):  Faculty, staff, and students at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville (UAF) can publish open access (OA) articles in PLOS journals without paying an article processing charge (APC).

MDPI: Faculty, staff, and students at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville (UAF) can receive a 10% discount on the article processing charge (APC) for open access (OA) articles published in MDPI journals.


Making Your Classes Open

The Open Education Network, based at the University of Minnesota, promotes the creation and use of open resources for teaching and learning.

Open Education Resources at the University of Arkansas

“The University of Arkansas Libraries leads campus open and affordable initiatives intended to help decrease or eliminate the cost of course materials. Partnered with the Global Campus, we help faculty identify cost-free, openly-licensed course materials and library resources that enhance teaching and encourage student learning. These resources contribute to University efforts to decrease the cost of attendance for students.”