Scholarly Communication at WSU

Scholarly communication services at the WSU Libraries are designed to help researchers rapidly circulate their scholarly work to a worldwide audience. Services include use of Research Exchange (WSU's institutional repository) to share scholarly work, support for open access publishing, and resources to assist with data management and assessment of scholarly impact.

In recent decades, universities have identified serious concerns about the current state of scholarly communication. Lag times in the publication cycle and rising journal costs have forced scholars and libraries to consider other options for disseminating and accessing scholarly work. As an alternative to the traditional model of scholarly communication, these dissatisfied groups have proposed open access--a model that makes digital copies of research freely available to the general public.

As a land-grant institution, Washington State University also values open access to information, By sharing its expertise with a local and global audience, the university seeks to advance, extend, and apply knowledge in the world and on campus. As expressed in the recently completed "120-Day Study of the WSU Research Enterprise," the university strives to increase the visibility of its faculty and student scholarship in order to engage a wider national and international audience and, additionally, to facilitate opportunities for internal collaboration. In keeping with this mission, the WSU Libraries are continually developing services and resources to improve access to research at the university.

The WSU Libraries invite the university community to consult this guide to learn more about local scholarly communication services. Please contact Talea Anderson, talea.anderson@wsu.edu or 509-335-2266, with any questions or requests for assistance.

 

To help researchers at WSU share their work more widely, the WSU Libraries provide tools, instruction, and services as follows.

Research Exchange

Research Exchange is a digital repository where WSU community members may share and preserve their scholarly work, including documents, conference presentations, grey literature, media, open educational resources, datasets, and more. Materials in the repository are indexed by major search engines and made available to a worldwide audience. Through Research Exchange, the WSU Libraries endeavor to add value to the university community by:

  • decreasing publishing costs

  • rapidly communicating faculty research to scholars around the world

  • preserving institutional memory

  • improving discovery of university scholarship through quality metadata

  • creating a record of the university’s collective expertise

  • providing information about the use of institutional scholarship

For more information, please see this guide.

Support for Open Access Publishing

Open access (OA) is a model of scholarly communication that has arisen in recent years as an alternative to traditional academic publishing. OA materials are freely available online with little or no restrictions to access.

Should you wish to participate in open access publishing at Washington State University, you can post your work to Research Exchange, WSU’s repository of university scholarship, or start your own open access journal. The WSU Libraries provide services for managing peer-review workflows and online journal publishing via Open Journal Systems (OJS). Examples of WSU journals published open access include North American Fungi and LandEscapes (a student publication).

Data Management

Data management describes all of the processes whereby a researcher stores, describes, and provides access to research data. With the proliferation of born-digital data in the world, it has become particularly important for researchers to consider how they will preserve datasets and make them accessible to interested parties. Increasingly, funders—and especially federal agencies—are also emphasizing the need for careful data management as well as public access to research findings. As of 2013, federal agencies are moving toward requiring that grant recipients demonstrate how they will manage their research data and make it publicly accessible.

The WSU Libraries provide resources to assist faculty and students in managing data per funder requirements. These include:

  • Use of Research Exchange to deposit data. Please note that for extremely large datasets, we may work with you to make alternative deposit arrangements.

  • Access to DMPTool. DMPTool provides templates for constructing data management plans as well as instructional materials, tutorials, and current information about federal mandates. Sign in using your WSU Network ID.

  • Support via consultations, guides, and instructional materials for constructing data management plans according to recommended best practices. Please request specialized resources or see this guide for a basic overview of available tools:

ORCID

ORCID, Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a unique researcher identifier that you can tie to your various research outputs, including datasets, monographs, and scholarly work that is not traditionally indexed in databases like Web of Science. By distinguishing you from other researchers with similar names, ORCIDs make it easier for anyone to discover your work online. They operate like DOIs, facilitating links between your work as collected in various systems, platforms, and databases. You can claim your ORCID for free at orcid.org or contact the WSU Libraries for more information about the creation and use of ORCIDs.

Publication of Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The WSU Libraries work with graduate students at the university to make their theses and dissertations available to the general public. Dissertations are circulated in Research Exchange, WSU’s institutional repository, and theses are shared via Search It. For more information about submitting your thesis or dissertation, see this set of instructions. For examples of previous WSU theses and dissertations, see Research Exchange.

Consultations

If you would like to share your work in Research Exchange, learn more about increasing the visibility of your scholarship, or find out about other services and tools related to scholarly communication, we invite you to arrange a consultation with a librarian. Alternatively, you are welcome to request a presentation or workshop for a group or class. Please contact Talea Anderson, talea.anderson@wsu.edu or 509-335-2266.

 

About Research Exchange

Research Exchange is a digital repository where WSU community members may share and preserve their scholarly work, including documents, conference presentations, grey literature, media, open educational resources, datasets, and more. See this guide for more information.

Directory of Open Access Journals

If you are looking to publish in an open access journal, you may want to consult the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for options. The DOAJ enforces quality-control measures, meaning that most listed journals are peer-reviewed and managed by competent editorial teams. For more information, see this guide

DMPTool

DMPTool can help you create data management plans for an array of funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. DMPTool provides you with templates, funder mandates, institutional requirements, and other instructional material. Log in using your Network ID/password to create an account on DMPTool and to use the service.

 

Request a Consultation

If you would like more information about issues related to scholarly communication initiatives, you are more than welcome to arrange a consultation with a librarian. Alternatively, you can request a presentation or workshop for a group or class. The following are examples of topics that could be covered in a consultation or presentation (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Citation metrics and alternative metrics for assessing impact of scholarly work

  • Tools for increasing visibility of faculty and student research—profiles, social media sites, ORCID

  • Research Exchange

  • Data management plans

  • Open access publishing

  • Author’s rights, copyright, Creative Commons licenses

  • Open educational resources

For any of these, please contact Talea Anderson, talea.anderson@wsu.edu or 509-335-2266. Advance notice prior to proposed instruction sessions would be particularly appreciated.