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Scholarly Communication

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.

Scholarly Communication at DePaul

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

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 research guide.

Open Educational Resources

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 research guide.

Some featured Open Educational Resources include:

Copyright & Author Rights

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:

  • Help clarify your publisher's allowances for archiving your work in DePaul's institutional repository, Via Sapientiae
  • Suggest alternatives when you do not have rights to archive your content
  • Answer questions on use of copyrighted works in courses
  • Provide image-based resources for use in your published academic materials
  • Put you in contact with DePaul's Office of Legal Counsel for more complicated issues
  • Help license your content using a Creative Commons license
For more information on Scholarly Communication, visit our research guide.

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