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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.


Here you will find information and resources related to scholarly communications, as well as information on the University's own scholarly communication services and publishing initiatives.

This guide aims to expand your understanding of the broad spectrum of scholarly communications issues in areas such as:

The Library System also provides in-person and web-based services for those that publish such as:

  • Help Getting Started with DigitalCommons
  • Author Addendums to Maintain Copyright
  • Workshops on topics such as Research Dissemination, Author's Rights, NIH Policy Compliance, and Copyright
  • Consultations in the areas of Self-Archiving

If you have comments, suggestions, or would like more information about these topics or library services, please direct them to the feedback box below.

Thank you,

The WSULS Scholarly Communications Team

What is Scholarly Communications?

Scholarly Communication expands on the field of scholarly publishing to incorporate many aspects of the information life-cycle in the academic enterprise. Scholarly Communication is the formal and informal networks used by scholars and researchers to:

  • Develop ideas
  • Exchange information
  • Build and mine data
  • Certify research
  • Publish findings
  • Disseminate results
  • Preserve Outputs

While traditionally providing access to published findings, more recently libraries have become interested and technologically equipped to assist scholars and researchers in the transformation of scholarly communication by providing alternatives to publishing findings, disseminating results, and preserving outputs with the goal to encourage the development of ideas through open and free exchanges of information.

Got A Project?

DigitalCommons@WayneState 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 Open Access?

Open Access is free, unrestricted online access to scholarly peer-reviewed publications. In general, a work can be made open access via two methods:

  • Publishing in an Open Access Journal. Find a journal in your field by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals. This method is also referred to as "Gold OA."
  • Archiving previously published works in an open access repository, such as DC@WSUPubMed Central, or arXiv. This is also referred to as "Green OA."

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