Skip to main content

Open Access: Make Your Work Open: ThinkTech

This guide will provide recommendations and assistance in finding information about Open Access.

Open Access at Tech

ThinkTech is the institutional repository for Texas Tech University.

Open Access benefits both researchers and learners and facilitates the systems of scholarly communication by assisting in the unrestricted access to all research and scholarship. The Libraries are interested in partnering with the members of the Texas Tech University community who are interested in publishing in OA formats.

ThinkTech FAQ

What is an institutional repository?


A digital institutional repository is a searchable, online collection of scholarly research and information. Repositories preserve and provide access to research, online journals, articles, conference agendas and papers, theses, image collections, and other scholarly works. Institutional repositories preserve an organization's legacy and promote communication among scholars.

Am I “publishing” my work if I put it into ThinkTech?

The ThinkTech repository is intended to complement scholarly publishing rather than to replace it. However, work placed in ThinkTech is openly accessible, ready to be read and studied, and able to be cited by any other scholar.

How will people find my work? Does ThinkTech index in search engines or databases?

Yes, people around the world can find items placed in these repositories using search engines such as Google and Google Scholar or open access search tools.

Does submitting to ThinkTech affect my copyright?

Absolutely not. We only license the right to publish it, display it, and preserve it.  We don’t claim copyright over it because Operating Procedure 30.22 states that TTU doesn’t claim copyright over academic work.

For previously published works, most publishers now allow self-archiving and these policies can be reviewed.

What types of files can be presented in the repository?

Many types of document, image, video, and audio files, as well as collections of files, can be uploaded into ThinkTech. Word and PowerPoint documents are automatically converted into .pdf files. You can submit conference papers, teaching materials, presentations and syllabi in addition to research as long as it is permitted by copyright policies.

How can I remove my item in ThinkTech?

Please contact the library for any removal requests or questions. The most appropriate reasons for withdrawal include:
Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
Legal requirements
National security
Falsified research

Who can I contact if I have other questions?

Please contact the Scholarly Communication/Copyright Librarian. If further technical assistance is needed, the librarian is able to contact necessary personnel

How to Submit to ThinkTech


Go to:

Sign In:

  1. Click “Log in” on the black tab in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Your name should automatically fill in from your eRaider information.
  3. Click “Submissions” under “My Account” in the navigation menu on the right side of the screen.
  4. Click the drop down menu and select “ThinkTech>Faculty Research”.


Fill in the fields on the web form in the proper format:


a.Title and publication date required

b.Please fill out the form with as much information as possible.

c.Note: Please include coauthors if the paper has multiple authors

d.Citation: It is important that you include the original citation of the journal, as this is usually a publisher requirement for depositing in an institutional repository. Please use the citation format for your field, as listed on your CV.

e.Note: If your submission has a DOI, please include it in the “Identifiers” section under DOI.

f.Click the red Button at the bottom of the page and describe the item in as much detail as possible. If you have restrictions on the use of the item, please indicate that in the “Description” section. Click the red Button at the bottom of the page.

Upload File:

  1. Click “Upload file from your computer”
  2. Hit the “Browse” button and select the file to upload. Anything you type into the “File Description” field will display as the name of the file.
  • Note: If you load a text document, regardless of format submitted, a PDF will be generated automatically from it and this will be the file stored and made available
  • Best practice is to save your Word or RTF document as a PDF and make sure it displays correctly (without annotation or comments/error messages, etc.), and upload this file.

Additional Files:

  1. click the box if you’d like to attach supplementary files such as spreadsheet (dataset), PPT slides, a poster presentation, etc. (you will be asked to attach and describe them after you submit in the next step.

Distribution License Agreement breakdown:

●Accepting the license assumes you, your publisher or third party agency grants permission to deposit your work into the repository. Please contact if you are unsure about the owner.

Non-exclusive license: The TTU Library would have the right to share or change the work without changing the content itself. COPYRIGHT OWNERS RETAIN COPYRIGHT. This is what is meant by reproduce, translate, and/or distribute your submission (including the abstract) worldwide in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or 


●Preservation: TTU may translate, reformat or keep more than one copy of this submission for purposes of security, back-up and preservation.

  • TTU will clearly identify your name(s) as the author(s) or owner(s) of the submission, and will not make any alteration, other than as allowed by this license, to your submission.

Accept and Click Submit