UF Author Rights

Sharing scholarly research supports collaboration and enhances impact. A faculty author rights policy offers a legal option to ensure broad dissemination of academic journal articles.


learn about the policy

What it is

A policy protecting faculty rights to share our scholarly research, specifically academic journal articles.

What it is not

A requirement to publish in specific journals or to share your research against your wishes.

How it works

The policy lets you share your work widely by granting a nonexclusive license to the University. It is not a transfer of copyright, and you can opt out for any reason, no questions asked.

why do it

Teach and share worry-free

Freely distribute your peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts with students and peers.

UF College of Pharmacy classroom learning.

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Benefit local communities

Give back to community partners by widely circulating the findings of your research.

Citrus tree

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Enhance international research

Connect with colleagues across borders even when they cannot access expensive journal subscriptions.

Globe on table

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Increase research impact

Maximize readership and citations for openly accessible articles.

Dr. Adam Stern, UF College of Veterinary Medicine

By the numbers

74 U.S. institutions Faculty within universities and colleges across the country and internationally have adopted similar policies encouraging article sharing.

7 peer institutions These are Top 10 peers like the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of California system.

Why Authors share

Why i share

“I share so that students and researchers in the countries where I work can read our papers regardless of their institutional affiliation or financial resources.”

—Emilio Bruna, Professor of Tropical Ecology & Latin American Studies

Emilio Bruna speaking

why i share

“I share because it is core to personal and professional values of access, equity, inclusion, combatting information poverty, and dismantling structural inequities.”

—Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Librarian

Twanna Hodge

Policy details

Read the policy

Read the proposed text of the Author Rights Policy to be reviewed and acted upon by the Faculty Senate.

Frequently asked questions

Clarifying some of the policy and implementation details

Tell us what you think

Comments? Questions?

Are you excited about an Author Rights Policy? Still have questions? Let us know.