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This guide is designed to increase awareness of significant issues associated with scholarly communication. It also presents resources for WSU researchers who wish to explore alternative avenues for communicating their scholarly work to a global audience.


In recent decades, universities have identified serious concerns about the current state of scholarly communication. Academics have discovered bottlenecks in the publication and distribution of their scholarly work, whether due to a slow peer review process or prohibitively high costs of journals and textbooks. As an alternative to this model of scholarly communication, scholars and libraries have proposed open access--a model that makes digital copies of research freely available to the general public.

As a land-grant institution, Washington State University seeks to serve the general public by providing ready access to its collective research and expertise. In keeping with this mission, the WSU Libraries are continually developing services and resources to improve access to research at the university. This guide provides context for these initiatives and presents Research Exchange, WSU's institutional repository where members of the university community may share their scholarly work at no charge to contributors or users.

Scholarly Communication Crisis Explained

What Can the Libraries Do for You? Scholarly Communication Services at WSU

The libraries are eager to assist you in improving access to your research. These are a few of the services that we can provide to assist you in increasing the impact of your work:

  • Permanent use of Research Exchange, a repository that opens your work to a global audience
  • Access to information about how your research is being used in the repository. This information may prove useful for performance evaluations and tenure reviews, as it demonstrates the impact of your research.
  • Assistance in assessing the copyright of your previously published work so that you can distribute it to greatest effect
  • Assistance in describing your work to facilitate discovery by search engines
  • Assistance in complying with federal and institutional mandates regarding open access

For more information, please explore this guide and contact us. We look forward to working with you.

Contact Us

Talea Anderson
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
Washington State University Libraries
WSU Libraries, PO Box 645610, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5610, 509-335-9671, Contact Us