Scholarly Communication Services

Scholarly Communication Services provides resources and expertise surrounding the scholarly publication cycle – from initial stages of data management planning through the dissemination and archiving of scholarly works. We also work to raise awareness of new tools and initiatives that may help university faculty, students, and staff more effectively communicate the results of their research.

Our goal is to identify services and strategies that can help save our faculty, students and staff time while increasing the reach of their research.

Consultations available for

Author Rights

We can help explain publisher policies and copyright transfer agreements. You can consult with us in order to learn how to negotiate and retain rights to your work.

Copyright Assistance

We provide copyright assistance to university faculty, students, staff, and researchers. We are available to answer your questions via email or in person by appointment. We are also available to give a presentation to your class or department.

If you would like to learn more about copyright, please visit our Copyright Crash Course.

Open Scholarship

The Libraries encourages open forms of scholarship that more widely disseminate the research and scholarship of the university. Learn more through our open access policy.

Contact us if you would like to discuss ways to improve access to your research.

Open Memberships and Author Benefits

The Libraries participates in several open access publishing initiatives. You can find more information regarding these initiatives, including our funding priorities, by visiting our OA Memberships LibGuide.

Some of the initiatives we fund include direct benefits to authors:

  • Cambridge University Press: We have an agreement with Cambridge that allows all university authors to publish open access journal articles with no charge to the author.
  • Luminos: 15% discount on the title publication fee.
  • MDPI: 10% discount on APC.
  • PeerJ: We’ve deposited money into an account with PeerJ. University authors can use those limited funds to pay their PeerJ APCs.
  • PLOS Biology & PLOS Medicine: we are participating in the PLOS CAP program which means UT Austin corresponding authors won’t have to pay APCs for these two journals
  • Portland Press: authors receive a discount on APC.
  • Qualitative Data Repository (QDR): Our membership covers most curation deposit costs for university researchers.

Other open access memberships provide university support for more sustainable publishing models:

If you have a specific question about one of these memberships or other open access publishing initiatives, please contact your subject liaison librarian or the scholarly communications librarian.

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