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URI Open Access Policy

This guide contains instructions for complying with the URI Open Access Policy as well as background information on the Policy.

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Obtain a waiver for the URI Open Access Policy

According to the University of Rhode Island Open Access Policy, "The Faculty Senate or Faculty Senate's designate will, on behalf of the University, waive application of the license for a particular article or delay access for a specified period upon express direction by a Faculty member."

To obtain a no-questions-asked waiver exempting an article from the Policy, please send a request by e-mail to Include:

1) Your name as it appears as author of the article

2) Article title

3) Journal name

You will receive a waiver by email within 24 hours.


Please note:

In cases where you receive a waiver of the University of Rhode Island Open Access Policy, the publisher's agreement may still provide sufficient rights to allow your article to be made publicly available in the DigitalCommons@URI repository. The publisher may ask that certain conditions be met, some of which the repository can easily accommodate (for example, an embargo period during which the article will not be made publicly available).

Thus, whether your article is under waiver or not, you should submit your final manuscript to per the University of Rhode Island Open Access Policy.

Information about publishers’ standard policies on open access is available from the SHERPA/RoMEO project and on publisher websites. You may also consult your publication agreement.

Important note for NIH-funded authors: The University of Rhode Island Open Access Policy reserves rights sufficient to comply with the NIH policy. If you have been granted a waiver of the URI Open Access Policy for a particular article, if that article is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy (because it is a peer-reviewed manuscript that arose, in whole or in part, from NIH-funded research and was accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008) your obligations under the NIH policy cannot be waived. You must be sure to reserve rights sufficient to comply with the NIH policy when you enter into a publication agreement for the article. For this purpose, you can use the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine from Creative Commons. Select the "Delayed Access" option.

Contact information

The University of Rhode Island Open Access Policy is administered by the Faculty Senate.

The Faculty Senate's Committee for Research and Creative Activities serves in an advisory capacity to the Faculty Senate regarding the implementation and interpretation of the Policy.


Julia Lovett

Associate Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian
Faculty Senate Designate for the University of Rhode Island Open-Access Policy
(401) 874-5079

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