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Open access publishing

Publishing in an openly accessible venue makes your scholarship available to more people because there are no paywalls to prevent access. The Library supports open access through several initiatives, including an online journal publishing system, Journals@UIC; institutional memberships;INDIGO, UIC’s institutional repository; and the Research Open Access Publishing Fund (ROAPP) fund.  The library also encourages publishing in open access journals.  Learn more about our reasons for supporting open access.


Journals@UIC is a project of the UIC University Library to make journals available openly to the scholarly community worldwide. It also aims to assist UIC faculty and others with the management and editorial work associated with the journals they edit.

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 email Sandy De Groote, Scholarly Communication Librarian at


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.

Learn more about the ROAAP fund

Institutional Memberships

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

BioMed Central

UIC is a Supporting Member of BMC, which entitles UIC faculty to a 15% discount on publishing charges in BMC Journals.


UIC is a full member of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition of universities, research libraries, and organizations. SPARC works to create a “more competitive and diverse marketplace for scholarly communication through support of high-quality, economical alternatives to high-priced journals.”

INDIGO, UIC’s digital repository

INDIGO collects, disseminates and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff and students at UIC. Because access to INDIGO is open, your work will reach people in more places, increasing the availability of your research and UIC’s research.

Submit to INDIGO 

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