Open Access

“Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” – Peter Suber, Head of the Office of Scholarly Communication, Harvard University

Make your research open access

The Cougar ROAR platform allows UH researchers to make their scholarship and data openly available at no charge.

Cougar ROAR consists of:

  • Institutional repository for articles, posters, presentations, and other forms of scholarship
  • Data repository for making data sets publicly available

Both are free to use for all UH community members with a valid CougarNet account.

Cougar ROAR submission guide

Please email for questions and support.

Institutional support of open access

At this time, there is no open access policy or mandate at UH, although there is a task force in the Faculty Senate for developing and implementing such a policy.

For more information on open access, author rights, copyright, publisher agreements, and general questions, contact:

Taylor Davis-Van Atta
Director of the Digital Research Commons

Note: Contact your department or the Division of Research regarding funding to offset open access publishing charges. The Cougar ROAR platform is available free of charge.

Open access for theses/dissertations

Approved theses and dissertations at UH must be submitted for open access publication through Vireo, an application supported by the Texas Digital Library.

See the thesis and dissertation policies from the Graduate School for more information.

Please talk to your advisor about embargoes and other publication questions.