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Open Access

This research guide provides readers with a basic understanding of Open Access, which is broadly defined as content that is free to access and re-use.

Copyright Questions?

The University of Michigan Library Copyright Office provides help with copyright questions for University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Please email us with questions or visit our website for more information.

Legal Advice

The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.

Deep Blue

Deep Blue is the University of Michigan’s institutional repository for documents and data. Benefits of the Deep Blue service include a commitment to long-term preservation for many file types, increased visibility for the products of your scholarly and creative workflows, and curation by data experts to ensure high-quality organization of your data for interested researchers.

Michigan Publishing Initiatives

The University of Michigan Press works with all of its authors to determine whether OA publication is most suitable for their goals. Please see the U-M Press page linked above for a helpful list of answers to questions that authors often have when considering whether to publish their work OA. Such questions range in focus from production, to content licensing and intellectual property, to financial considerations. This page also includes questions that funders and readers might have about OA.

Most journals at Michigan Publishing are fully OA. From increasing visibility and facilitating re-use, to offering sustainable business models and world-class preservation infrastructure, making your journal article OA with Michigan Publishing offers many advantages.

Maize Books publishes entirely OA titles. It is an imprint for University of Michigan work.

Lever Press is dedicated to born-digital, peer reviewed, open access monograph publishing. It is supported by a large group of liberal arts colleges.

Some scholarly material hosted on the innovative Fulcrum platform is OA.

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)

TOME is an initiative from the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of University Presses to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members through open access editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs. University of Michigan is a founding member and offers grants to university faculty every year.