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Scholarly Communication: Make your works Open Access

A guide to issues in scholarly communication, including publishing, open access, copyright, and author rights.


This section will provide you with information on how to participate in Open Access through UT Tyler's institutional repository, Scholar Works at UT Tyler. Keep in mind that with open access, authors can also "self-archive" works by depositing a free copy in their affiliated institutional repository, or by posting a digital copy on their own website. 

Scholar Works at UT Tyler

Scholar Works at UT Tyler is UT Tyler's institutional repository. Scholar Works is built to maintain the scholarly and artistic output of the UT Tyler community by storing, preserving, and providing access to documents and publications by students, faculty, and staff. Full text of most works deposited in Scholar Works are freely accessible to the world via the web.

What kind of materials can I add to Scholar Works?

Scholar Works at UT Tyler supports the scholarly output and research of the UT Tyler community--materials that primarily reflect the intellectual environment of the campus, created by faculty, students, and (when appropriate) staff. Examples of possible content include:

  • Theses and Dissertations

  • Published articles (where copyright allows)

  • Conferences papers, presentations, and conference posters

  • Artworks, musical compositions, audio and video recordings

  • Working papers, technical reports, white papers

  • Best papers from students, undergraduate and graduate research, and special projects

  • Manuscripts

These material types are not an exclusive list of accepted materials—please contact for information on submitting materials not included above.

The Readership Map below shows a real-time visualization of UT Tyler's content in Scholar Works being downloaded across the globe. 


How do I know if it's OA?

Many publishers give authors permissions to deposit a version (usually pre-print or post-print) of their work into their organization's institutional repository. Authors can also negotiate with publishers upon publication to ensure they hold copyright and the ability to add to Scholar Works at UT Tyler. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA/RoMEO.

Interested in open access but do not know or are unsure of whether you hold copyright? Send your article citation or CV to and the Scholar Works administrator will review the copyright policies associated with you publication(s).  

Works that have not been published, and/or no copyright transfer agreement has been signed, may be able to posted as open access. Examples of this include: working papers/drafts, posters or presentations from conferences, unpublished data sets, and more. Scholar Works at UT Tyler currently houses various types of faculty works including open access articles, post-prints, conference papers, posters, and presentations, and even audio visual presentations. 

Most importantly, know your rights! If you want to support open access in your published scholarship, review copyright policies carefully, and consider adding an Author Addendum requesting open access.