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UHM Open Access Policy

All University of Hawaiʻi faculty are required to make available to the public all of his or her scholarly articles via ScholarSpace under the UHM Open Access Policy. A commitment to Open Access ensures access to scholarship that is digital, free of charge for users, and free of copyright restrictions.

Some reminders regarding this policy:

  • Papers should be submitted as of the date of publication. (Applicable for all articles written as of Fall 2012).
    • This should be the final version of the article (i.e. changes made as a result of the peer-review process), but prior to publisher's copy-editing or formatting.
  • Faculty retains ownership and complete copyright of all materials deposited in ScholarSpace, while granting permission for distribution from and through the repository.
  • Faculty may request waivers for particular articles via written request to with:
    • Author name, title of article, expected journal of publication, and the reason for opting out
  • This policy does NOT require authors to submit new scholarly articles to open access journals.

What is Open Access?

Open access is content distributed online that is:

  • Free of cost
  • Free of financial, legal, or technical restrictions
  • Full-text

for anyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link.

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