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Complying with the Georgia Tech Open Access Policy is simple.

  1. You write an article. Submit it to any journal relevant to you or your field.
  2. Once your article has been peer reviewed and you have made revisions, submit that peer-reviewed version to SMARTech. This is typically called a post-print, and it refers to your manuscript version, before the publisher adds their logo, layout, typeface, etc.
  3. You’re done! Easy as that.

This works because the Georgia Tech Open Access Policy asserts the right of Georgia Tech faculty to make their articles openly accessible.  

What about copyright?

As author, you own the copyright until you sign it over to a publisher. If your publisher requests that you sign over copyright for your article, you can. However, before signing an exclusive agreement with a publisher, let the publisher know that you have a non-exclusive grant of license already in place to Georgia Tech.

Policy Waiver

If your publisher disagrees with the Georgia Tech Open Access Policy, that’s ok – they can request that you waive the policy. If you agree, you can fill out this online waiver form to automatically waive the policy. No questions asked.

Or maybe you aren’t ready to take the plunge into open access. In that case, you can use the same waiver form to automatically waive the policy. No questions asked.

This policy is not designed to enforce any certain behavior by Georgia Tech Faculty; rather it is a tool that can be used to make sure that Georgia Tech Faculty have a mechanism to make their work available freely and openly, regardless of where they choose to publish.


If you’re ready to submit an article, please visit the submission form.

Or check out the Frequently Asked Questions about Open Access.