About Digital Commons@WSU
Digital Commons is Wayne State’s Institutional Repository (IR), its purpose is to 1) provide a method for open access publication and re-publication for WSU faculty, staff and graduate students and 2) collect, organize, disseminate and provide perpetual access to the intellectual output WSU.
5 Things You Should Know About Digital Commons
- Digital Commons is an open-access electronic publishing tool that helps maximize your research’s distribution and visibilityAccording to some studies, open access articles are viewed and cited more frequently than non-open access articles, thereby having the potential to increase an article’s impact.1
- Digital Commons gives you a permanent space to archive and disseminate your publications, presentations, data sets, or any research/scholarly output you generate at Wayne StateBy providing permanent and stable wayne.edu URLs, your articles will always have the same URL. In addition, your work will always be identified with your name and its date of submission.
- Helps author’s retain control over their copyrightOften, commercial publisher’s retain copyright over your work when its published—Digital Common’s doesn’t ask for your copyright, just for your permission to distribute freely. We’ll also work with you to help you protect your copyright on articles you publish in the future.
- Digital Commons content is indexed by Google and Google Scholar, and allows you to track interest of your work with monthly readership reportsUse download and hit-count stats to provide evidence that your scholarship is relevant. In addition, Digital Commons optimizes your content to ensure high visibility in Google and Google Scholar.
- To get started, e-mail your CV to the Web Librarian or simply submit your research.
To learn more about Digital Commons@WSU, please download and read our policy.
To learn more about Institutional Repositories, please visit BePress’ IR research page.
1 Many studies have demonstrated this since 2001, most effectively, Harnad, S. and Brody, T. (2004). Comparing the impact of open access (OA) vs. non-OA articles in the same journals, D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 10 No. 6, June 2004. http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june04/harnad/06harnad.html