Frequently Asked Questions
OpenSky is the open access institutional repository supporting UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, extending free and open access to our scholarship for the benefit of research and education.
In addition to ensuring access, OpenSky also provides users with a suite of services tailored to help UCAR, NCAR, and authors.
- organize, preserve, and track their works share resources more quickly and meaningfully with peers and colleagues,
- negotiate supportive publishing agreements, and
- explore publishing alternatives that support enhanced access to scholarly works.
OpenSky supports UCAR's policy on Open Access, formalizing the institution's half-century long commitment to
- support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community, nationally and internationally, and
- foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.
Highlighting the world-class research conducted at UCAR and NCAR, providing free and open access to this research, and doing so in a way that facilitates the annual publication reporting process.
- Increased citations. Studies have shown that the contribution of works to collections such as OpenSky tends to have a dramatic beneficial impact on citations of those works.
- Open access. Depositing works in OpenSky will open them to a world of researchers, providing access to those who may not be able to afford or gain access to costly journal subscriptions.
- Simple. Contribute to OpenSky through a simple Web interface. No additional software or services are required.
- Streamlined. Submission will occur through the same interface that facilitates NCAR Annual Report publications reporting, eliminating the need for dual entry.
- Helpful. Contact OpenSky for help on your reporting, submission, and discovery needs.
- Formats. A dedicated group of Library staff is committed to making sure that the file you deposit today will remain readable for years to come.
- Preservation. As information professionals, safeguarding your work is our primary concern. OpenSky will be carefully maintained, backed up, and governed by a robust digital preservation plan.
- Copyright clarity. OpenSky staff can help you decide how to manage your rights for the best possible reuse results.
OpenSky is a service provided to the UCAR community by the NCAR Library and Digital Learning Services, which together comprise UCAR’s Integrated Information Services (IIS). High level oversight of OpenSky is provided by the OpenSky Advisory Board.
UCAR's policy on Open Access occurs in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Policy. This policy secures authors' right to the work they create during their tenure at UCAR while also securing for the institution the right to use that work in the future. Making the works available through OpenSky is an example of this use.
The policy has been in effect since September 10, 2009.
Any person or group within UCAR, UCAR, or UCP can contribute works. Works co-authored by individuals who are not employed by UCAR are also accepted, provided one of the listed authors is affiliated with the institution.
All works that represent the intellectual output and/or contribution of UCAR, NCAR, and UCP are appropriate for deposit into OpenSky. Submission of published, refereed works written by UCAR, NCAR, or UCP staff is required, as outlined by the UCAR Open Access Policy.
Currently, datasets are not accepted for submission, but OpenSky is able to reference related datasets. If you would like to reference a data set that informed a paper, article, or other resource, contact email@example.com for assistance.
Please deposit a copy of your final, refereed manuscript . This version should contain the edits generated throughout the peer-review process but should not have been typeset or formatted by the publisher.
- MS Word (.doc/x), Powerpoint (.ppt/x), Excel (.xls/x)
- pdf and PostScript (.ps)
- mp3 and mp4
- TIFF, .jpg, and .bmp
- LaTeX (.tex)
OpenSky's primary goal is to reliably preserve and provide access to the works it contains. Ours is a long-term commitment, and our staff strongly discourages removal of content. Should extenuating circumstances require that a previous submission be removed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the options for doing so.
Embed or Use OpenSky Programmatically
Ownership, Copyright, Access and Permissions
OpenSky does not remove content once it's been deposited. Should you leave, your works will remain within the OpenSky collection.
It depends on the nature of your publishing agreement. Works that are in the public domain can certainly be included. Otherwise, provided you hold sufficient rights to the work, you will need to carefully check the language of the copyright transfer or publishing agreement that you signed with your publisher to see if deposit of the work is acceptable. Please contact email@example.com for help in answering any questions you might have.
No. Both OpenSky and the UCAR Open Access Policy protect your rights as copyright holder in the works you author or co-author while on staff at UCAR. OpenSky will not restrict what you do with your work.
Materials deposited to OpenSky will be made available to researchers across the globe. This will include members of UCAR staff, researchers affiliated with UCAR member institutions, and any other individuals interested in accessing the science conducted at UCAR and NCAR facilities.
Yes, but only when circumstances require a restriction of access. Should a publication agreement or other conflict preclude you from being able to share your work openly, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options for contribution.
As an author you have many options and rights with regard to copyright. If you have questions or concerns about copyright transfer please contact email@example.com before proceeding with your publication agreement
AMS and AGU - Together, the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union publish nearly 50% of UCAR scholarship. To ensure broader, expedited access to this research, both AMS and AGU have embargo periods of only six months.
Springer - In 2010, Springer and the NCAR Library finalized a cooperative agreement through which Springer will make UCAR-authored publications freely available via Springer Open Choice. To take advantage of this, at publication time UCAR authors 1) choose Springer's Open Choice option for Open Access and then 2) notify OpenSky with the title, authors, and DOI of the publication so that OpenSky can request Springer to reverse the charge for Open Choice.