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Open Access

Texas Tech University Open Access Initiative

In an initiative to support publication in open access journals, a fund of $25,000 has been allocated by the Office of the Vice President for Research. This fund is to be used to help authors defray the cost of open access publication fees.


Texas Tech University Libraries and Open Access Support

The Texas Tech University Libraries includes Open Access products in our collections and are committed to the principles of Open Access (OA) as outlined in the IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. Open Access benefits both researchers and learners and facilitates the systems of scholarly communication by assisting in the unrestricted access to all research and scholarship. The Libraries are interested in partnering with the members of the Texas Tech University community who are interested in publishing in OA formats.

The Texas Tech University Libraries supports the following Open Access publishing initiatives:

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

ACRL Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communications


Texas Tech University Faculty Senate Resolution on Library Open Access

Whereas Texas Tech University is recognized as an emerging research institution and strives for Tier One status;
And, whereas Texas Tech will be a research‐intensive institution where faculty discovery enhances learning;
And, whereas Texas Tech is committed to the values of academic and intellectual freedom;
And, whereas publication in open access journals and repositories is an increasingly effective option for scholarly communication;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Senate urges all faculty to deposit preprint or postprint copies of articles in an university‐sponsored digital repository, such as the Texas Tech University Library’s ThinkTech.
The Faculty Senate urges all faculty to negotiate with the journals in which they publish to
either retain copyright rights, or to retain at a minimum the right of postprint archiving.


For more information about Texas Tech University Libraries and Open Access, please contact Christopher Starcher via e-mail at or by phone 806.834.0855.