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Open Access Archiving Policy FAQ

Open Access is the free online availability of research article often with full re-use rights.

The Open Access policy grants FGCU the ability to share your scholarly articles in DigitalFGCU, our institutional repository.

This policy benefits FGCU faculty members in multiple ways:
  • Authors are able to participate in Open Access without changing their publishing practices.
  • Archived scholarly articles gain more discoverability and increased research impact.
  • Multiple studies have shown a potential higher citation count and greater readership for freely accessible scholarship.
  • FGCU faculty have a stronger position to negotiate publishing agreements for scholarship covered under the policy.

The Open Access policy allows FGCU to collect, preserve, and share the scholarly output of the university. This can aid FGCU in showcasing the research to the public, potential new faculty, and potential students.

The correct version of the article to submit to DigitalFGCU is typically the author accepted manuscript, which is also known as the “post-print.” This version is after peer review, but prior to publisher’s typesetting. Some publishing agreements will permit archiving the final publisher’s PDF in an institutional repository.

No. Dozens of other universities, including Harvard University, Florida State University, Oregon State University, and University of Kansas, have an Open Access policy. FGCU’s policy is closely modeled after Harvard University, which is the standard in university Open Access policies.

No. You automatically are the owner of your copyright unless you transfer your copyright. This Open Access Archiving policy provides a non-exclusive license, non-commercial to archive the article and does not transfer ownership of your copyright.

FGCU Library will add received articles to DigitalFGCU. DigitalFGCU is the university’s institutional repository.

The Open Access policy does not affect where you publish. It makes it possible to keep your publishing practices the same while also sharing your research through Open Access archiving. The majority of publishing agreements are compatible with the Open Access Archiving Policy and permit article archiving.

No. The opt-out option protects authors who need to publish in journals that will not cooperate with the policy.

Additionally, all major publishers permit some form of archiving. For example, the standard policies of journals published by Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Springer, and Emerald all permit post-print archiving. Wiley is the only major publisher that restricts archiving to the pre-print (submitted version), and we’d be happy to archive that copy in DigitalFGCU if you prefer. Over a thousand smaller publishers permit archiving the published version in a repository.

If you would like to check the standard copyright and archiving for your journal or publisher, please consult the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

If you would prefer to embargo your article for a specified time period, please note the embargo time when you submit your article to

No. This policy will not harm journal or publishers, and major publishers permit archiving.

There is no empirical evidence that even when all articles are freely available, journals are canceled. The major societies in physics have not seen any impact on publishing despite the fact that for more than 20 years an open access repository (arXiv) has been making available nearly all of the High Energy Physics literature written during that period.

You can opt-out by completing a request waiver form, or by contacting the Digital Initiatives Librarian, Kaleena Rivera at All opt-out requests will be granted.