About OpenBU

Boston University’s digital repository OpenBU provides access and preservation to BU’s research and scholarship.

Who Can Contribute?

Members of BU academic communities (faculty, students, departments, research centers, and administration) may submit items to collections in OpenBU.

What Can I Contribute?

Scholarly articles, book chapters, pre-prints, working papers, theses and dissertations, datasets, media, presentations, posters, conference materials, technical reports, and more.

Why Contribute?

  • Long term access to your work with a stable, permanent URL—no broken links
  • Increasing your work’s visibility helps lead to  increased citations
  • Track worldwide impact of your work (via usage statistics)
  • Organize all your work in one easy to find place
  • Your works are discoverable by researchers worldwide via Google Scholar, and other search engines.
  • Helps support the BU Open Access Policy. See below for “How the BU Open Access Policy works with OpenBU

How Do I Contribute?

If My CV has been rolled out to your academic unit, please use  My CV  to submit scholarly articles. For more information about OpenBU and My CV, see below for “How the BU Open Access Policy works with OpenBU”. For all other types of submissions, please feel free to use our OpenBU Self-Deposit form, or contact us at open-help@bu.edu, and we can help you get started.

How the BU Open Access Policy works with OpenBU

Under the BU Open Access Policy, faculty members grant Boston University a non-exclusive license to the accepted manuscripts of their scholarly articles to make them openly available in OpenBU, BU’s digital institutional repository.

The policy applies to scholarly articles (not books, book chapters, creative works, or popular articles) that were authored after the policy was adopted on February 11, 2015.

Read the full text of the policy.

Submit an Article to OpenBU in My CV

Faculty can submit articles through My CV, a software system that assists faculty in collecting and maintaining their scholarly and professional contributions and facilitates the Faculty Annual Review (FAR). In addition, My CV helps faculty make their works openly available by identifying publications that fall under the BU Open Access Policy and providing an easy way to submit articles directly to OpenBU from My CV.

BU Medical Campus faculty: Please submit your accepted manuscripts here. You are also welcome to email us the article, providing all the information requested on our submission web form.

Opting Out

To opt out of granting BU a non-exclusive license, you can request a waiver–either through My CV or, for BU Medical Campus faculty, our online submission form. The waiver is granted automatically.

How do I explore what is in OpenBU?

OpenBU has thousands of works created at Boston University. You can search the entire repository for articles, chapters, theses and dissertations, presentations, datasets, media, and more. You can also browse by collection (College, School, or Department).

Questions / Need Help?

Send us a message at open-help@bu.edu and we will be happy to help.



OpenBU has benefited from the labor of many contributors over the years. The work includes but is not limited to technical support, digitization, metadata creation, redaction of private information, and corrections to existing records. Digital Ventures would like to recognize the following individuals for their work on preparing materials for deposit. If you notice any inadvertent errors in the list below, please let us know and we will correct them!

BU Libraries Staff

  • Jack Ammerman (former Associate University Librarian)
  • Vika Zafrin (former Digital Scholarship Librarian)
  • Laura Kurmakov (Metadata Specialist)
  • Eleni Castro (Head of Digital Ventures, former OpenBU & ETD Program Librarian)

Student Employees

  • Gabriela Romero (2020)
  • Zainab Jafri (2019-20)
  • Alex Yung (2019)
  • Jetaysia Dandy (2018-19)
  • Esteban Dominguez-Lash (2018-19)
  • Ashley Perry (2017-19)
  • Dana Zareski (2017-19)
  • Gisselle Martinez (2018)
  • Sophia Brown (2017)
  • Qianqian (Jane) Zhao (2014-15)
  • Brian Greco (2013-14)
  • Alexander Yi (2013-14)
  • Chantal Condon (2012-14)
  • Brandon Epstein (2012-14)
  • Victor Kholod (2012-14)
  • Cristian Morales (2012-14)
  • Kristen Lake (2011-14)
  • Alexander De Groot (2012-13)
  • Courtney McGuire (2011-13)
  • Kathryn Pollack (2011-12)
  • Samantha Wong (2011-12)
  • Michael Zhu (2011-12)
  • Sydney Ramgolam (2011)
  • Kathryn O’Neill (2011)
  • Kelsey Brodersen (2010-11)
  • Michael Burke (2010-11)
  • Gabrielle Caroselli (2010-11)
  • Jamesy Jean-Michel (2010-11)
  • Tricia Klos (2010-11)
  • Chelsea Rathbun (2010-11)
  • Melko Rasica (2010-11)
  • Laurence Spezzano (2010-11)

College of Arts and Sciences Interns

  • Luciano Cesta (2018)
  • Xiaoyi (Cynthia) Zhang (2018)
  • Tessa Kadar (2017)
  • Tiffany Makovic (2017)
  • Tyler Whittaker (2017)
  • Lubov Mckone (2016)
  • Anna Simon (2016)