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Depositing to the DukeSpace Repository

A guide to sharing scholarly works and student theses and dissertations openly at Duke University.


Questions about depositing your scholarly work in DukeSpace?

The staff of the ScholarWorks Center for Scholarly Publishing can help!


See our guide for using the Elements system to upload your publications:

Waivers of the OA Policy

Some publishers require Duke authors to waive their right to share a version of their article in a repository.

If your publisher requests a formal letter waiving the faculty open access policy (i.e. asking you to opt out), please send an email to that includes the name of the publisher and the citation of the article, and we will work with you and the publisher to provide what’s needed.

Open Access to Duke Scholarly Works in the DukeSpace RepositoryAn graphic of an orange combination-style lock that is open and unlocked.

Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research.

Historically, scholarly articles have been accessible only to those whose institutions could afford to subscribe to the journals in which the articles were published. The open access movement sought to change the publishing model to eliminate subscriptions and make scholarly works available to all. Some publishers now require a fee (an article processing charge or APC) to be paid by the author in order to make an article open access, but Duke provides a no-cost avenue to open access via DukeSpace called self-archiving or repository "green" open access.

Faculty Policy on Open Access to Research

In 2010, the Duke University Academic Council adopted an open access policy that applies to all Duke faculty members and provides Duke a license to make scholarly works authored by Duke faculty freely available in DukeSpace, a repository administered and maintained by the Duke University Libraries. The preamble to the policy states:

"The Faculty of Duke University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In addition to the public benefit of such dissemination, the following policy is intended to serve faculty interests by promoting greater reach and impact for articles, simplifying authors’ retention of distribution rights, and aiding preservation."

Full text of the OA Policy is in Section 6.4 of the Faculty Research Policy Manual.

The Open Access Policy grants Duke a non-exclusive right to distribute articles submitted to DukeSpace and applies a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license. This allows anyone to read and reproduce the publication, as long as they cite the original author and source and do not use it for commercial gain. Any commercial use still requires permission from the copyright holder.

Benefits to sharing your work openly in DukeSpace

  • Make your work more visible

Most scholarly articles are published in journals only available to researchers whose institutions can afford to subscribe, limiting the readership for those articles. Your work in DukeSpace is visible to anyone with an internet connection and is indexed by Google Scholar and other search engines. By sharing your scholarly work in DukeSpace, you can increase its overall reach, impact, and citation.

Links to all scholarly work uploaded to DukeSpace will be visible in your Scholars@Duke profile.

  • Get a permanent link

DukeSpace provides each item with a persistent and stable handle link, making it easy to find and cite. You can put handle links on your personal websites, CVs, and professional profiles.

  • Preserve your scholarly work

DukeSpace is maintained by the Duke University Libraries. Unlike websites or repositories run by private companies, DukeSpace is part of the university infrastructure and is highly stable as a hosting platform for scholarly works. The Libraries are committed to the long-term preservation and discoverability of Duke scholarship in DukeSpace.