Allegheny College Open Access Policy

In 2013, the faculty adopted an open access policy for faculty publications to ensure that such publications remain available to students and researchers at the College and to support the ongoing development of open access publishing.

In summary, the policy states:

Allegheny faculty are required to submit a copy of articles completed while they are employed by the College to the College’s institutional repository for the purposes of open dissemination. Library and Instructional Technology Services (LITS) is responsible for managing the repository and making scholarly articles available to the college community and to the public to the greatest extent possible.

The policy implies that faculty will negotiate publication agreements that allow for open dissemination when publishing articles. The implication is that such agreements will allow open dissemination no later than the date of publication. In practice, most faculty have been publishing in journals that allow open access after a short embargo, typically 12 months after the publication date.

To review the original policy, consult section 11.25 in the Faculty Handbook.

Funding Requests for Open Access publications

Library and Instructional Technology Services (LITS) will provide up to $2500 to help defray the article processing charges (APC) for articles being published in open access journals. To qualify, the journal must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. For journals with APCs over $2500, faculty may want to contact the Academic Support Committee or Provost’s office for additional support. LITS will decline to fund APCs for articles published in subscription-based journals that will be freely available within 36 months of publication.

Use the Request for Processing Support form to submit your request. If you have any questions, please contact the Associate Director of the Library at

Links to the College’s Institutional Repository

Additional Resources

For more information on Open Access (OA), please see an Overview of Open Access at Wikipedia.

Know your rights when publishing! The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has an excellent resource on understanding your rights, including an author addendum when it is needed.

Last updated: 2023-04-05