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Resources on Open Access

The following pages offer more information on Open Access, Author Rights, and other OA institutions and universities. 

GW Open Access Handouts and Guides

Open Access for Faculty Handout

This handout provides information on the benefits of Open Access, resources on Open Access, and GW Libraries contact information.

Guide to Submitting Your Work to GW ScholarSpace

This guide will assist faculty and staff in submitting their scholarly works to GW ScholarSpace using the GW ScholarSpace Deposit Form.

Open Access

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

SPARC  is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. It is proactively involved in advancing the understanding and implementation of policies and practices that ensure Open Access to scholarly research outputs.

Gilman, Isaac, “Open Access in 15 Minutes (or less)” (2009). Resources. Paper 1. 

Isaac Gilman’s presentation offers a quick overview of Open Access and highlights the benefits of open access, author rights, and copyright concerns.

Author Rights

SPARC Author Rights Guide

The SPARC Author Rights Guide offers information for faculty about understanding author rights, managing publisher agreements, and using an addendum to comply with Open Access policies. (Note: Please use the GW Addendum to Publication Agreement in lieu of the SPARC Author Addendum to Publication Agreement)

Publisher's Copyright Policies & Self-Archiving


A database collecting publisher policies related to copyright and self-archiving. RoMEO has collaborative relationships with many international partners, who contribute time and effort to developing and maintaining the service.


rchive.it harvests information from SHERPA/RoMEO in a slightly easier-to-read format. Publisher policies are displayed in large text with graphics and streamlined content.

Open Access Institutions & Universities

Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP)

The Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.

This page is maintained by Scholarly Communications