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Publishing, Scholarly Communication, and Open Access: Publishing Initiatives @ UIC

UIC Open Access Initiatives


The UIC Library supports open access journal publishing by providing an online journal publishing system called Open Journal Systems (OJS). Our OJS is called Journals@UIC.

Journals can be developed in this open access environment, or existing journals can be moved to this environment and become open access. The OJS software allows editors to manage the journal and its content from the author submission stage to publishing the content in an open access environment. 

To discuss developing a new open access journal, or moving an existing journal to Journals@UIC, please contact:

Sandy De Groote
Scholarly Communication Librarian


The UIC Research Open Access Publishing Fund supports faculty, researchers, staff, post-docs, and students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication, but are not supported by grants or contracts with funds to help cover open access or paid access publishing fees.

Preserve Rights to Your Own Work

Do not automatically sign the publisher's "Copyright Transfer Agreement." Use the Addendum To Publication Agreements For CIC Authors (.doc) when you submit a publication to a publisher.

Institutional Memberships

The UIC Library supports several open access initiatives by providing author discounts for open access publishing.

INDIGO.  Contribute Your Work to UIC's Scholarly Digital Repository

INDIGO, UIC's scholarly digital repository is an online collection of the research and scholarship of faculty, students, and staff at UIC.


Much scholarship today is disseminated electronically (hence “eScholarship”), offering rich opportunities for global access, use, and impact, as well as new research methods and products. The fulfillment of this promise will be determined, however, by the choices researchers and scholars make today about where and how they publish. The below brochure outlines some of the issues related to disseminating eScholarship; identifies ways faculty can effectively manage the rights to and dissemination of their work; and describes resources and services available to the UIC community for managing, sharing, promoting, and measuring impact of scholarship and the underlying data.

See more on Digital Scholarship