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Scholarly Communication

A guide to issues in scholarly communication, including publishing, open access, copyright, author rights, and digital archiving.

Scholarly Engagement in Academia

Promoting scholarly communication on campus is a collaborative effort amongst students, faculty, librarians, researchers, and administrators. Building positive relationships on campus fosters a mutually beneficial exchange of resources and ideas.

ASU Library engages with scholars to evoke positive change and provide assistance throughout the research lifecycle. We help to create opportunities to improve scholarship on campus by advancing scholarly communication through new research methods and innovative dissemination models. Multiple efforts by the library and other departments to support campus engagement provide a conducive environment for scholarly communication at ASU. Some specific examples of ASU Library engagement include:

  • Traditional and innovative collection development policies, providing access to print and electronic resources as well as offsetting some of the costs of open access publishing through institutional memberships.
  • Advocating for and implementing a university open access policy to advance the reach and impact of ASU scholarship.
  • Providing support services for researchers throughout the research life cycle.
  • Creating and managing the KEEP Repository and the Research Data Repository which allows for the open sharing and improved discovery of research and research data by ASU scholars.

ASU Repositories

ASU Supports:

Open Access Policies

Many universities, organizations, and departments have implemented open access policies which require or encourage their researchers to permit their research to be openly available, usually in a specified open access repository.  ASU passed an Open Access Policy in March of 2017, and the ASU Library Librarians Assembly passed an Open Access Resolution in 2010.

Open Access Publishing Discounts for ASU Authors

While the majority of open access journals publish articles for free, many of the most well-known open access publishers do require that authors pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to offset the cost of publication. The ASU Library supports ASU authors through our relationships with publishers, as well as administering the ASU Open Access Publication Fund

We are able to provide discounts on APCs with certain publishers as a result of the following partnerships and subscriptions:

ECS has provided these directions: How to publish open access with ECS

Some funding agencies will allow these charges to be paid from grant funds, but of course, not all authors are funded. Many publishers will grant a waiver of the APC upon request if the author is not able to pay, so it is always worth checking to see if that’s a possibility. In addition, there are other ways you can make your work openly available for free.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Office of Scholarship and Innovation

Located in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the Office of Scholarship and Innovation brings collaborative design-based problem-solving to educational systems; supports faculty research and scholarly inquiry in education; leverages new technologies for learning; and creates digital solutions for the dissemination of knowledge. For example, they sponsor three open-access education journals to foster accessibility to scholarly publications and promote dialogue about educational policy research among diverse audiences. 

Open Access Publishing at ASU

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.