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Three Ways to Make your Scholarship Open Access

Whether you want to increase the impact of your work, reach a wider audience, or you have a personal commitment to open access scholarship (or all three), here are three ways possible ways to open up your work.

  1. Deposit a copy of your work in SURFACE, Syracuse University's institutional repository. SURFACE provides scholars with the ability to track reads and downloads as well as the ability to see where your work is being read across the world. Please see our guide on Green Open Access for more details.
  2. Take advantage of one of the several agreements that the Syracuse University Libraries have negotiated with multiple publishers. These agreements cover article-processing charges (APCs) for SU-affiliated authors and allow for immediate open access upon publication. Keep in mind that the published version of most articles covered by these agreements can also be deposited in SURFACE!
  3. Consider submitting to Diamond Open Access journals or university presses (MIT, Michigan, Central European University Press) that employ innovative funding models that allow for open access monographs to be published without (or with drastically reduced) BPCs (book-processing charges).

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Since its launch in 2010, SURFACE has grown to include thousands of items ranging from scholarly articles, books, journals, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, videos, and more. It serves to represent the strength and diversity of work being done by members of the Syracuse University community and to share that work with communities all over the world. To learn how you can have your work included in SURFACE, please contact your Subject Specialist Librarian or


SURFACE is a service of the Syracuse University Libraries and is administered by an interdepartmental team led by the Open Publishing Librarian and in coordination with administrators and the Digital Library Program.