Subject Guides

Scholarly Communications and Open Access Policy

Open Access, Open Educational Resources (OER), and other related topics

Guide Contents

What is Scholarly Communications?

Concerns about scholarship access and quality that include:

  • How is scholarship being created and shared, both within and outside the academy?
  • What are the implications and obligations of researchers, publishers, and distributors of scholarship?
  • How can libraries and others best provide access to information within this changing environment?

Binghamton University's Open Access Policy

The faculty of Binghamton University are committed to the dissemination and sharing of scholarship and creative works. As authors, we recognize the need to share our work with peers as well as the general public, and the benefits that result from this sharing such as visibility in online search engines, journal websites, and online repositories. We also recognize the need to develop a campus Open Access policy in response to the SUNY Board of Trustees (BOT) Campus Open Access Policies Memo distributed in 2018. 

To serve these goals we pledge to share/submitscholarly articles (the final version submitted to the publisher) to the Libraries, who will then review publisher self-archiving policies for each article and post in the Libraries’ Open Repository @ Binghamton (ORB) as permitted. Items that cannot be shared will not be posted to the ORB. 

If due to the research scope, copyright or other considerations faculty are prevented from submitting their scholarly articles, a waiver can be supplied, or an embargo period put in place.

Review of this policy will occur within three years of adoption, with a report presented to University faculty and administration on the impact of this policy. 

Approved by the Binghamton University Faculty Senate December 4, 2018


If you are requesting a waiver for submitting items to the ORB, the online form is here.

Elsevier Open Access Author Article Charges (2020 - 2025)

SUNY has negotiated discounts on Author charges for Open Access journals as part of its current (2020 - 2025) agreement. 
The discount is 10% of the article processing charge (APC) for the journal. 

Where an author chooses to publish OA, articles will be made freely available on ScienceDirect under the author’s choice between two reuse licenses: CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND.

SUNY authors can also opt to publish under the subscription model and self-archive their manuscript (green open access) in line with Elsevier’s sharing policy. This includes the ORB (Open Repository @ Binghamton.)


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