What Goes Here | Who Puts It Here | How Is It Used

About Open Scholarship

Open Scholarship provides access to the scholarly output of faculty, staff, and students from Washington University in St. Louis by gathering it in one place. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Senate passed the Open Access Resolution in order to make "scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community." The Open Scholarship site was officially launched on March 26, 2012 as a platform for realizing this goal. Powered by Bepress's Digital Commons, and supported by the Libraries’ Digital Library Services, Open Scholarship is a further step in the University's commitment to open access.

What Goes Here?

The Open Scholarship site is intended for scholarly work authored by Washington University in St. Louis faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Currently, the focus is on larger collections of material, such as electronic theses and dissertations from the graduate school, undergraduate honors theses, and conference posters. With collections as a foundation for the repository, we are in the process of expanding to individual submissions by faculty, especially of articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals that faculty members wish to make freely accessible. The Open Scholarship site is also a platform for hosting open access online journals based in the Washington University community. The site serves both as a showcase for scholarship being created in our academic community, and to provide that scholarship to audiences that might not be able to access it, and to enhance the discoverability of the content in the repository beyond what is provided by the original publisher.

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Who Puts It Here?

Larger collections, such as ETDs, undergraduate honors theses and technical reports will be processed by the repository librarian. Individual faculty work, such as journal articles and book sections, will be handled by the subject librarian for that area, coordinating with DLS.

The University Libraries are committed to assisting faculty members interested in having their scholarly work appear in the open access repository, and will do everything that can be done by a third party on behalf of the faculty member. In an ideal scenario, this could mean taking care of everything but the consent of the faculty member for the Libraries to post specific materials in the repository, including:

  • Initial identification of materials published by faculty members
  • Securing faculty consent for re-posting of materials
  • Consultation of Sherpa-Romeo databases and publisher websites for the conditions under which individual publishers all for posting of materials in repositories
  • Gathering available electronic copies of the materials from publishers/websites where possible
  • Adding relevant metadata in preparation for submission

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How Is It Used?

In most cases, the copyright to works in this repository are held by their original authors or creators or by the publishers to whom those rights have been transferred. Inclusion in Open Scholarship does not alter the copyright of any work. When known, the copyright holders are declared.

Works deposited in Open Scholarship are electronically stored and disseminated for educational purposes only. Users may download, save, and print works found in Open Scholarship for their own personal use. Other permissible uses include any use allowed by Fair Use (Title 17, Section 107 U.S.C.) and unrestricted use of works that are in the public domain.

For works posted in Open Scholarship that display a Creative Commons license in their record and/or on the work itself, the use of that work is governed by the terms of the license selected by the creator.

Aside from the above noted exceptions, you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any work from this site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the work.

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