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Scholarly Communications

In 2003, ACRL defined scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to to the scholarly community, and preserved."

Finding Open Access Journals

There are many discipline-specific as well as multi-disciplinary open access journals, with some links to collections appearing below. Choose journals for publication carefully; see "Vetting OA Journals" in this guide for more information, or contact your Research Librarian for help.

Finding Open Access Articles

Need to get access to a full-text article and it's not available at W&M? Try a recently introduced extension for use with Chrome or Firefox, called Unpaywall. Once installed, this extension will help you to identify free, open access (OA) versions. Typically, these come from institutional repositories, such as W&M Publish. (Another reason for students and faculty to post their work there!)

Selected Open Access Repositories

Depositing your work in an open access repository is another way to share your research.  Be careful to comply with copyright and licensing restrictions when uploading your published work to one of these repositories. 

What happens to my copyrights for my own published work? 

Every publisher has different policies in regards to self-archiving and your subsequent use of your published work. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides a searchable collection of publisher policies--check here when deciding where to publish.

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Marian Taliaferro
Swem Library
(757) 221-1893
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Lauren Manninen
Hargis Library
Virginia Institute of Marine Science