The mission of the University of North Carolina is to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society. Universal access to knowledge in an environment of open scholarship and shared creativity supports UNC’s mission. The OpenUNC website highlights and advances open research practices, open access publication methods, open dissemination of research outputs, and open educational resources. The website was created and is maintained by members of the University Library Advisory Council with the goal of helping open UNC research to the world. Explore the areas below to learn more.

Open access journals emphasize the rights of authors to retain copyright in their work and to license that work in ways that encourage sharing and reuse.

Open UNC repositories keep digital scholarly output safe, accessible and discoverable for as long as needed.

Open monographs offer increased visibility and impact, speed to publication, and the ability to experiment with ways to present and update content attract authors to open access publishing. Rare and out-of-print publications become accessible to students and readers worldwide, increasing diversity of opinions and perspectives.

UNC actively works to reduce the cost of higher education for North Carolina students by providing free, open textbooks, and building sustainable open education programs

Learn about the resources supported by UNC libraries for publishing journals, conference proceedings, monographs, and digital scholarship.

Latest OpenUNC News

The UNCG University Libraries have partnered with several academic publishers–including Cambridge University Press, SAGE, and IGI Global–to offer campus authors […]
East Carolina University Library Associate Professor Kelly Spring has published Project Management for Archivists: Befriending Your Backlog. This open handbook […]
J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte partners with UNC Press to publish an Open Access eBook on active learning […]