UF Author Rights: Protecting faculty rights to share scholarly articles

The Author Rights Policy allows UF faculty to legally share their scholarly articles, making them available for anyone to read.


The policy was unanimously approved by the Faculty Senate in January 2022 and went into effect on April 1, 2022.

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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.

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Teach and share worry-free

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

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Benefit local communities

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

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Enhance international research

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

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Increase research impact

Maximize readership and citations for openly accessible articles.

Policy details

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

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

Why i share

“Sharing preprints of my papers as well as datasets with colleagues and students from peer institutions has been very rewarding as it has increased the visibility of my work and generated new collaborations. This policy would help UF share articles and possibly increase their audience.”

—Angelos Barmpoutis, Associate Professor of Digital Arts and Sciences, Digital Worlds Institute

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