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Open Access & Scholarly Communication: Scholarly Communication and DOCS@RWU

Why Docs@RWU

The Open Access movement is in many ways revolutionizing the way that academic works are disseminated. The goal of anyone producing academic work is for their product to be viewed as widely as possible, and Open Access makes these works far more accessible worldwide, unconstrained by hefty journal subscription fees or society memberships. I have found DOCS@RWU to be particularly useful in many ways. First and foremost, it allows my own work to be freely viewed by a wide audience, and the periodic updates tell you exactly how many times your work has been accessed. Second, it is an excellent way to disseminate student theses or other works that might not meet the standards or guidelines for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. And finally, DOCS@RWU allows me easy access to the work of my colleagues. It is difficult enough to stay current in my own field, let alone reading the literature in other disciplines. But I have often browsed DOCS@RWU to see what my colleagues have produced, and have read contributions from RWU faculty and students across a wide range of fields such as history, literature, or political science, that otherwise would not be on my radar. I encourage the RWU community to take advantage of this resource.             

Dr. Paul Webb
Professor of Marine Biology



Did you know that the Libraries provide free Open Access Publishing services that showcase and promote the research, scholarship, and creative works of Roger Williams faculty, students, and staff?

Through DOCS@RWU you can publish working papers or copies of published articles and conference paper, presentations, theses, and other creative works.  It also serves as an open access journal publishing platform.  DOCS@RWU is a digital repository for the intellectual output of the Roger Williams University community.

Why contribute to DOCS@RWU:

  • Increase your visibility to the scholarly community
  • Increase your readership and boost citations to your work by making it available via open access.
  • Help reduce the cost of journal subscription fees.
  • Enhance the academic value of the university.
  • Preserve your scholarship.

How to deposit your work into DOCS@RWU:

  • Send an electronic or hard copy of your work to Mary Wu at or through interoffice mail.
  • If you have a pre-print that is the best version to submit.  If not, we will solicit the publisher's permission in order to post the published version.  Just provide the publisher's contact information.
  • For more information see our Submission Guidelines


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