Introduction: Automated Imports

In an Open Doors import, an archive’s works are imported into the Archive of Our Own (AO3) in controlled batches. If the email address attached to an imported fanwork is already in use on AO3, the fanwork is automatically added to that account, and a notification email is sent.

If the email address used on the original archive is not in use on AO3, the notification email will include an invitation to create an AO3 account, as well as a list of the imported fanworks.

The Claiming Works After an Automated Open Doors Import tutorial was created to help you claim, delete, or orphan your imported fanworks. For a brief introduction to the fanwork claiming process, please refer to How will I get control over my imported works?

An archive being imported into AO3 is announced in AO3 News at least one month in advance. If you’re not sure whether an archive you have posted to in the past is being or has been imported into AO3, you can review the Open Doors tag in the AO3 News archives, or contact Open Doors to ask. You can also refer to our monthly Newsletter for records of archive imports that have been completed.

You can find out more about Open Doors and its work importing archives into AO3 in the Open Doors FAQ.

Tutorials for Creators

If you have works on archives being imported into AO3 through the Open Doors Project, these tutorials are available to assist you:

Where can I get more information if my question isn’t answered here?

Some commonly asked questions about Open Doors are answered in the Open Doors FAQ. You might also want to refer to our Open Doors Tutorials. You can find the answers to some commonly asked questions about the Archive of Our Own in the Archive FAQ. Questions and answers about the Archive’s Terms of Service can be found in the Terms of Service FAQ. You may also like to check out the Archive’s Known Issues. If you need more help, please contact Open Doors or submit a Support request.