The term "open access" refers to research output that is
Under a traditional publishing model, journal subscribers (such as libraries) absorb the costs of publishing. Various open access alternatives are emerging as a counter to the traditional model. Some of these alternatives involve publication costs instead being charged to the author - costs you will sometimes hear referred to as article processing charges (APCs).
For articles accepted for publication in a gold open access journal (a journal in which all content is published open access under a Creative Commons licence – visit the journal’s individual website on SAGE Journals to find out if it’s an open access journal) the author should email APCqueries@sagepub.co.uk when they are asked to arrange payment of the APC. The author should include the following information:
The open access team will verify that the institution is a member of the Carolina Consortium. and will provide the author with a discount code and instructions on how to apply the code at checkout in the payment system.
Alternatively, an increasing number of open access journals do not charge APCs and are free to publish in. A searchable directory of reputable open access journals without APCs can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Do you want to get your work out there, but it's still behind a paywall? Even if your research is not fully open access, many publishers have self-archiving policies that allow you to make your work freely available at no cost. This model is called Green Open Access. At UNCW, Randall Library hosts a repository of self-archived research for just this purpose called Seahawk DOCKS. Other options include disciplinary repositories and even personal websites.
If you're ready to Go Green and share your work with a wider audience, the scholarly communications librarian is available to help you investigate potential options and navigate publisher agreements.
Seahawk DOCKS is UNCW's portion of a shared database called North Carolina Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship (NC DOCKS). Designed by UNC Greensboro and shared with UNCG, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and UNC Pembroke, NC DOCKS is designed to hold digital, online copies of faculty articles, white papers, and other scholarly works, in addition to student theses and dissertations. This type of database is often referred to as an "Institutional Repository," or IR.