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Open Access at UCSC

Open Access Overview

The University Library encourages publishing open access when it makes sense for authors. Open access means that the publication is freely and openly available online to read and share with attribution to the author(s). unlocked lock icon

As a UCSC author, you have options for publishing your articles openly, including ways to fund it:

  • UC Open Access Policies:
    • Whether or not you publish open access directly with a publisher, you may make an early version of your article open access thanks to UC's Open Access Policies. Authors may upload their accepted manuscripts to eScholarship, which is UC’s institutional repository. This is also called self-archiving or green OA.
    • Alternatively, add your articles to a disciplinary repository that is open access (e.g., ArXiv, Humanities Commons, etc.).
  • Publisher-specific support: 
    • Authors may receive support for article processing charges (APCs) through UC’s open access agreements with specific publishers. The terms of each agreement vary. This is also called gold OA.
    • Apply a UC publishing discount for a percentage off of the open access fee or APC with the author responsible for the remainder through specific publishers. See more information about discounts for open access articles on the OA Funding page.
    • Publish through publishers with which the University Library has local agreements or discounts for articles.


Other outputs can be open access, too. See the webpages about open access books, open research data, and open educational resources (OER). Also, eScholarship supports various work and file types.

Questions? Contact the University Library