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Open Access

Open Access and Scholarship at Georgetown University

Many universities, funding agencies, and publishers have open access policies, therefore it is essential for researchers and authors to comprehend and successfully navigate these changes to the scholarly landscape. Georgetown researchers have a number of resources available to them to learn more about open access policies and to produce open access content.


DigitalGeorgetown is home to Georgetown University's institutional repository. Thousands of publications, reports, theses and dissertations, and other scholarly works by the Georgetown community are available online through DigitalGeorgetown, and researchers around the world have used the repository to support their scholarship. With thousands of visitors each month and a dedicated team offering support and development, it's one of the easiest platforms for Georgetown researchers to use to release content Open Access.

Faculty and departments interested in submitting their works to DigitalGeorgetown should contact Library staff via email.

Scholarly Communication and Copyright Resources

Researchers are encouraged to visit the Library's Copyright at Georgetown University page and take advantage of the resources available there, such as using an author's addendum when signing publisher agreements, choosing publishers with expansive copyright policies, or releasing work under Creative Commons licensing.


Georgetown University Library, in partnership with the Law Library, Bioethics Research Library, and Georgetown University Press, participates in Open Access Week, a worldwide event to raise awareness of the benefits of open access throughout the research community. You can see information on past Open Access Week events here.

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