Open Access at Chicago
As a leader in scholarly publishing, the University of Chicago Press embraces its obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to foster scholarly conversation within and across traditional disciplines. We believe there is no single way to distribute scholarly writing that serves all communities equally. To ensure that we meet the needs and norms of each of the many disciplines we serve, we have developed practices and policies around open and free access and author rights with the guidance of the editors and society sponsors of the journals we publish.
Green and Gold Open Access
Green open access refers to the ability of authors to self-archive their own work and make it freely available through institutional or disciplinary repositories. The University of Chicago Press supports green open access across its entire portfolio of journals. Authors may deposit either the published PDF of their article or the final accepted version of the manuscript after peer review (but not proofs of the article) in a non-commercial repository where it can be made freely available no sooner than twelve (12) months after publication of the article in the journal. If a shorter embargo period is required by government or funding body mandate, only the final accepted version of the manuscript may be released.
Authors may also post their article in its published form on their personal or departmental web pages or personal social media pages, use their article in teaching or research presentations, provide single copies in print or electronic form to their colleagues, or republish their article in a subsequent work. For further information on how authors can reuse their published work, please consult The University of Chicago Press Guidelines for Journal Authors' Rights.
Gold open access, also called author-pays publication, allows authors to make the electronic version of their article freely available on the journal website, in perpetuity, for a fee, which may be paid by the author directly or by an institution or funding body. Select University of Chicago Press journals, listed below, currently offer gold open access as an option for their authors. For all other journals, please consult the journal editor.
A note for our UK authors: the gold open access option we offer cannot be used at this time to comply with RCUK policy, which currently requires that the article be made available under a license that allows any kind of reuse of the article without permission, including commercial reuse. (The University of Chicago Press permits reuse that falls within the bounds of fair use of copyrighted material; all other uses require permission.) Authors subject to RCUK regulations should choose green open access to be compliant with RCUK policy.
Other Free Access OPTIONS AT CHICAGO
Free issues and articles. Certain issues and articles published in University of Chicago Press journals may be made freely available, either following a particular policy of the journal or its sponsoring society or at the discretion of the editor or publisher. For example, articles in the Focus section of Isis, which are designed to attract readers in all areas of the field by dealing with themes that cut across chronological boundaries, are always free. In addition, the following journals make each issue freely accessible after an embargo of one or two years: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Innovation Policy and the Economy, NBER Macroeconomics Annual, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Tax Policy and the Economy.
To view free issues and free articles for a University of Chicago Press journal, select Read Journal Online on the journal’s web page (directly underneath the image of the journal cover), then look for the “free” icon () next to an issue in the list of issues or an article in an issue’s Table of Contents.
Free access in developing nations. Through the Chicago Emerging Nations Initiative (CENI), the University of Chicago Press makes its complete portfolio of journals freely available to more than 5,000 qualified institutions in emerging nations throughout the world.