Open Access at Portland State University

Portland State University is committed to providing the greatest possible reach and impact of the research produced by its faculty, staff, and students. The university recognizes the value of and supports university authors retaining the rights to their intellectual property, while encouraging them to make their works freely and widely available. The Library supports this purpose of being open with your scholarship through the creation of the following structures to help you achieve this goal.

On May 4, 2020, the Faculty approved an Open Access Publication Policy that is intended to make the faculty’s scholarly articles, published in journals and conference proceedings, available to a wider public. Under this policy, Faculty members may grant Portland State University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each Faculty member’s scholarly articles. This applies to scholarly articles in any medium, with the purpose of making those articles available in an open access repository, provided that the articles are not sold, and appropriate attribution is given to authors. This policy does not alter a Faculty member’s claim of copyright ownership.

To avoid a conflicting transfer of copyright to the publisher and to protect yourself from breach of contract, you can attach an author addendum to your agreement with a publisher. The addendum is specifically designed to deal with the prior license granted to the author.

To submit scholarly articles subject to Portland State University’s Open Access Policy to PDXScholar, visit the online Article Submission form . If you have any questions about the form or about PDXScholar, please send an email to

Read more about the Policy details in Frequently Asked Questions