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Scholarly Communications@WSU

A guide for Faculty and Librarians covering DigitalCommons@WayneState, Author's Rights, Open Access, and other related topics.

Why is DigitalCommons important?

Digital Commons is an open access electronic publishing tool that helps maximize your research's distribution.

According to various research studies, open access articles are viewed and cited more frequently than non-open access articles, thereby increasing an article's impact.

Digital Commons gives you a permanent space to archive and disseminate your publications, presentations, data sets, or any research/scholarly output you generate at Wayne State.

Digital Commons provides permanent and stable URLs -- therefore your articles will always have the same URL. In addition, your work will always be identified with your name and its date of submission.

Helps author's retain control over their copyright.

Often, commercial publisher's retain copyright over your work when it's published--Digital Common's doesn't ask for your copyright, just for your permission to distribute freely. The library will also work with you to help you protect your copyright on articles you publish in the future.

Digital Commons content is indexed by Google and Google Scholar, and allows you to track interest of your work with monthly readership reports.

Use download and hit-count stats to provide evidence that your scholarship is relevant. In addition, Digital Commons optimizes your content to ensure high visibility in Google and Google Scholar.

To get started, e-mail your CV to or your department's library liaison.

Got A Project?

DC@WSU can help authors highlight and preserve their publishing scholarship online as well as provide web hosting and management tools for publishing conferences, workshops and open access peer-reviewed journals.

If you're ready to take advantage of one or all of these services, head over to our new project form and we'll get back to you in a couple days.

What is DigitalCommons@WSU

DigitalCommons@WSU is an institutional repository maintained by the WSU Library System. Its purpose is to:

  • Provide a method of open access publication for Wayne State University faculty, staff, and graduate students and
  • Collect, organize and provide perpetual access to the intellectual output of WSU as broadly as possible.

You can use DC@WSU to allow open access to your work by:

  • archiving your previously published journal articles or 
  • uploading unpublished or out of print scholarship such as book chapters, book/article manuscripts, conference presentations, white papers, and datasets.

Recent Additions to Digital Commons

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Digital Commons Policy

The Digital Commons policy outlines the scope of WSU's institutional repository, including acceptable types of research/scholarship, supported file formats, copyright agreements, and acceptable use of Digital Commons content.

Read the Digital Commons Policy or download a PDF copy of the Digital Commons Policy