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GS 712.11 Sociology Literature Review: Publishing

Scholarly Communications in Sociology

Make Your Thesis More Visible

Adding your Thesis to DukeSpace

DukeSpace is the Library’s open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty, students, and the greater Duke research community.

Recent Duke dissertations, theses, master’s projects, undergraduate honors theses as well as open access copies of Duke faculty articles are part of the repository.  You can add your finished thesis to make it more accessible.

OA Initiatives

Open access initiatives are coordinated efforts to make bodies of work freely available. Examples include digital/digitized libraries like HathiTrust and Biodiversity Heritage Library, preprint repositories like, and publication funding efforts like Knowledge Unlatched. One percent of the DUL collections budget is set aside to fund open access initiatives.

Open Access: What is it?

Open access publishing is the practice of making research literature freely available.

Open access publications do not carry fees for access, and are generally published under licenses that allow some degree of reuse (e.g., CC-BY). The costs associated with publication are often assumed by the authors, through article processing fees or other fees. There are publishers and journals that are entirely open access as well as hybrid models in which some publications are closed and some are open. Open access provided on the publisher’s own site may be referred to as “gold” open access.

In 2010, Duke faculty adopted an open access policy that grants the University a nonexclusive license to republish all published research. This is accomplished through uploading allowed versions of publications to the institutional repository, administered by DUL. Self-archiving (or library archiving on the author’s behalf) of publications may be referred to as “green” open access.


The Duke Digital Repository (DDR) is an initiative that encompasses multiple software stacks and three collecting areas: research data, scholarly publications, and library collections.

The scholarly publications repository collection at Duke currently goes by the name DukeSpace. Records for scholarly publications are automatically ingested where possible using Elements, and authors may also upload allowed versions of scholarly publications themselves. Citation information from the repository populates authors’ Scholars@Duke profiles. Users can get help and more information on DukeSpace, Elements, and Scholars@Duke from the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication and the ScholarWorks website (see links below).

The research data collection is the youngest part of the DDR. Its purpose is to house research data generated by Duke affiliates, primarily faculty. DUL staff determine whether data will be accepted and submission of materials is heavily mediated. Staff from the Data and Visualization Services and Digital Curation and Production Services departments handle data ingest and preparation for storage in collaboration with authors. Collections policies and additional information are linked below.

In addition to the Duke Digital Repository (DDR), researchers have access to a variety of external repositories to house their publications, data, and other research outputs, and to increase exposure to their work. Repositories generally specialize in a particular field or domain, and they may place conditions on deposits that vary from the DDR.