Convert Your Past Work to Open Access with the Click of a Button

By IGI Global Open Access Division on May 13, 2022
IGI Global is now making it easier than ever for authors to convert their previously published subscription-based (standard access) content to open access (OA).
Once in their personal IGI Global Portal, authors can view their “Personal Library” which displays their previously published works with IGI Global. They can then select which works they are interested in having converted to open access (OA). There is a small processing charge for retrospective OA and authors are currently welcome to utilize their 20% contributor processing fee discount off the amount. The processing charge is indicated to the right of the paper where authors can simply click to have the content added to the shopping cart for easy payment. Once payment is received, the work will be moved over to IGI Global’s production environment for prompt conversion. Open access works have greater reach as there are no paywalls or logins associated with accessing the content. IGI Global has seen content converted from subscription-based (standard access) to open access benefit from tripled citation rates, drastically improving the impact and reach of the published work.
Please note that some OA funders provide provisions for authors to open their work retrospectively. For a list of OA funding organizations, please visit the Open Access Funding Resources page.
Please find step-by-step instructions below:
Log into your IGI Global account on the IGI Global website with your email address and password. (Note: If you do not remember your password, please use the “Forgot Password?” option to reset your password.)
Once you are logged in, click the dropdown menu where your name appears and click on “My IGI Global Portal.”
Once in your personal portal, navigate to the bottom left corner and find your “Personal Library.” (Please note each author’s account will look different based on their personal previous publications.)
Once clicked into the “Personal Library,” each author will have the opportunity to add their previously published journal articles or book chapters to the shopping cart for OA conversion.
Once the content has been added to the shopping cart, submit payment and the work will be sent over to IGI Global’s production division for conversion.
The work is converted to Creative Commons licensing and made openly available on IGI Global's database platform, website, as well as distributed out to various other platforms and outlets. Authors are able to distribute the work freely as they wish.
If you are not already familiar with the many benefits of retrospective open access, please view the benefits below:
Open Access (OA) content benefits from increased discoverability and 89% higher download rates. The OA model is highly beneficial as it provides researchers, academicians, and students around the world complete access to high-quality research contents. Choosing to publish under OA also:

  • Allows authors to make sure that their valuable and impactful research is freely accessible to everyone.
  • Increases the visibility, discoverability, and notoriety for the work.
  • Increases the sharing opportunities of the content, which in turn, increases the citation rates.
  • Improves the chances of the source (the full book or journal) being indexed in a prestigious index such as Scopus or Web of Science.
  • Aids with career development and advancement of academicians.
  • Provides unique networking and collaboration opportunities.
Additionally, authors who previously published their work under standard access will now have the copyright of their work transferred back to them once the work is converted to open access, under the CC BY 4.0 license.
For more information on open access publishing, please visit IGI Global’s Open Access Publishing page.
About IGI Global

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA with a subsidiary office (IGI Science and Technology, Ltd.), operating out of Beijing, China, IGI Global is a leading international academic publisher committed to facilitating the discovery of pioneering research that enhances and expands the body of knowledge available to the research community. Working in close collaboration with expert researchers and professionals from leading institutions, IGI Global disseminates quality content across 350+ topics in 11 core subject areas, including business, computer science, education, engineering, healthcare, social sciences, and more. All these publications have been contributed by over 150,000+ industry-leading researchers and experts worldwide, ensuring that each title contains the most emerging and timeliest research. To learn more about IGI Global, click here.

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