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Open Access Support: DigitalCommons Repository

Open access support options available for USU researchers.

Green Open Access

Green open access is repository-based open access. It doesn't depend on whether the publisher provides open access or not. Instead, institutions and authors are responsible for ensuring that their research is freely accessible. Green open access is an affordable and equitable way to meet federal funder public access requirements as unlike other models of open access, the author is not asked to pay an article processing charge.


DigitalCommons is Utah State University's institutional repository, and it provides open access to research outputs from USU faculty, staff, and students. DigitalCommons currently holds over 90,000 records, and items in the repository have been downloaded over 24.5 million times. You can boost the reach and impact of your research by adding your publications to our collection.

To add your research to DigitalCommons, send a copy of your accepted article to If you have a large number of publications to add, you are welcome to send us an up-to-date CV. These items will also be added to your DigitalCommons Dashboard where you can track how many views and downloads your work receives.

Article Versions

Publishing agreements often distinguish between different the versions of an article as it moves through the publication process, and dictate which version may been shared through a green open access model.

  • Submitted Version
    • The version initially submitted to the journal
    • Also called "submitted manuscript" or "preprint"
  • Accepted Version
    • The version that is accepted for publication after peer review is complete, before copy-editing and type-setting take place
    • Also called "author accepted manuscript" "accepted manuscript" or "post-print"
  • Version of Record
    • The official version as it appears in the journal, after copy-editing and type-setting have been completed
    • Also called "final version" "published version" "publisher's version" "final PDF"


Article Versions Guide