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Scholarly communication refers to the process through which scholars and researchers share their creative work and findings and make them available to wider audiences. While this process has been changing throughout the centuries, the past two decades have seen even more change with respect to the mechanism of delivery, format and the metrics that are used to evaluate scholarly output.
The DePaul University Library has been an active participant in the future of scholarly communication. Through its institutional repository,
Via Sapientiae, the DePaul University Library supports DePaul's goal of academic enhancement by collecting, organizing,and providing open access to scholarly works produced by the University's faculty, staff, centers and institutes, and students. The repository also showcases DePaul's unique Vincentian heritage materials.
The DePaul University Library takes an active role in the creation of new forms of scholarship by assisting with the development of and participating in the digital scholarship initiated by students, staff, and faculty members.
Open Access implies free, immediate, online availability of scholarship. There are many misconceptions about Open Access materials related to their quality, permissions, and impact. The Library is committed to increasing awareness and educating users about Open Access related issues. For more on Open Access, please visit our
The Library promotes Open Educational Resources that enable open access to scholarly output. More information about how to identify and access Open Educational Resources can be found in our
Some featured Open Educational Resources include:
While the Library cannot provide legal advice, the University Library has much experience in navigating copyright issues and can help faculty get started on tackling copyright issues in a number of ways:
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