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The primary objective of this article is to promote faculty research excellence and visibility in Nigerian universities through open access publishing. The article begins by briefly discussing the vital role that universities play in research, which is a fundamental duty of faculty members. The study provides a succinct definition of research excellence and visibility, as well as the methods for assessing research excellence. This leads to a brief discussion on promoting faculty research visibility through publication on open access platforms such as open access journals and open access institutional repositories to increase citations rates and enhance visibility. The paper further examined several open access theses concerning publication in open access journals and institutional repositories. The study concludes that it is imperative for university administrators, libraries, and librarians to actively encourage faculty members to publish their research articles in open access journals and institutional repositories. This initiative will not only enhance the visibility of their publications but also ensure the long-term sustainability of the open access movement. Based on these findings, the researchers have proposed specific recommendations.