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Digital Commons @ UMaine: Open Access

Learn how UMaine's Institutional Repository (IR) brings all of a University's research together under one umbrella with an aim to preserve and provide free, open access to that research.

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Desk top and laptop images  Learn about creating an account in Digital Commons and Selected Works, or visit our step-by-step tutorials for copyright checking and uploading content.

Increased Access = Increased Impact

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To upload your work to DigitalCommons@UMaine, contact your subject area specialist to request access.

Not sure if you want to self-archive? Learn more at Why Archive or contact Kimberly Sawtelle, 207-581-1692, or by First Class E-mail.


Sherpa/JULIET copyright

JULIET is a searchable, collaborative database that provides summaries of funding agencies’ grant conditions on self-archiving research publications and data. Search grant agency conditions in Sherpa/JULIET.

Omnibus Appropriations Bill

In January 2014, U.S. Congress approved a bill to make taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible in a digital environment. Learn more about H.R. 3547 the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (title as of 08/12/23014).


Proposed U.S. Legislation may further public access to research findings.

Learn more about FASTR: H.R. 708, Fair Access to Technology Research Act.

Learn more about PAPS: H.R. 3157, Public Access to Public Science Act.

Mandatory Archiving

To maximize dissemination of grant-funded research, an increasing number of agencies mandate that peer-reviewed research products be made freely available to the public by the earliest possible date. To help researchers achieve this goal, Fogler Library oversees management of the University of Maine’s Open Access Institutional Repository, DigitalCommons@UMaine

Similarly, funding organizations are requiring grant recipients to archive research data sets in appropriate public archives to facilitate results validation and support work by other researchers.  The Advanced Computing Group at the University of Maine supports the DMPTool, helping grant applicants create custom data management plans. ACG also offers the Maine Dataverse Network, providing data archiving to UMaine researchers.

DMPTool : Data Management Planning

Green vs. Gold Open Access

The terms Green and Gold encompass two specific factors:  copyright permissions and the cost of publishing and access. 

Green Open Access indicates the author’s retention of posting privileges in some form to a free, open access repository—most often it is an Institutional Repository, such as DigitalCommons@UMaine, or possibly a disciplinary repository.

Gold Open Access refers to publishers of open access journals.  The cost of production does not fall to the subscribers but to the authors who submit materials for publication.  SpringerOpen  is an example of a well-known publisher offering open access journals that require author fees and provide rigorous peer review.

Gratis vs. Libre Open Access

Gratis Access is free of charge with all rights-reserved copyright, allowing fair use.

Libre Access is free of charge and free of all copyright restrictions. 


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University of Maine
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