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This site is designed to promote and heighten awareness of significant issues associated with scholarly communication. Here you will find information about world- and nation-wide initiatives to improve scholarly communication.
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Scholarly Communication at WSU

The dissemination of research and information through the scholarly journal has in recent years become prohibitively expensive. Ownership of many of these publications has come under the control of a few commercial conglomerates. The high costs of many scholarly journals (particularly in science, technology, and medicine, or the so-called STMs) and the recognition that scholarship should be widely circulated to enhance its social and educational value has led to the search for less expensive, alternative ways to publish and distribute it. These issues constitute the core of the scholarly communication crisis. This situation has been exacerbated by shrinking budgets at many colleges and universities, negatively impacting the ability of their libraries to acquire the scholarly resources necessary to fulfill their mandated educational mission. New opportunities and hazards for scholarly communication arose in the late 1990s with the development of the World Wide Web and protocols for digitizing and archiving electronic information.

This site is designed to promote and heighten awareness of significant issues associated with scholarly communication. Here you will find information about the current state of scholarly communication, about world- and nation-wide initiatives to improve scholarly communication, and about what WSU and the WSU Libraries are doing to make scholarly communication more sustainable and affordable for the WSU community.


Open Access Week @ WSU 2013

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Open Access: Redefining Impact

October 21-27, 2013


2013 Calendar of Events:

Keynote: Redefining Impact

Tuesday, October 22 - CUE 518, 3-4:30 pm

Join us in welcoming Mike Buschman of Plum Analytics as he provides an introduction to alternative impact metrics. Light reception to follow.

“Metrics can now be harvested and applied to research around usage, captures, mentions, and social media, in addition to citations, giving a much more comprehensive and holistic view of impact. These new metrics are also much more timely than citation metrics and can keep pace with new formats much faster than the entrenched, legacy processes. Also, these metrics provide a feedback loop whereby researchers can see that making their scholarship more open provides tangible benefits, such as more easily discovering future collaborators and comparing their impact to more appropriate benchmarks than journals.”

Workshop: Alternative Impact Measures

Wednesday, October 23 - Terrell Library, Room 20E, 10-11:30 am

Mike Buschman leads a hands-on workshop on alternative impact measures for faculty and graduate students.Refreshments will be served. To register email:

Webinar: Telling the Full Story of Research Impact with Altmetrics

Wednesday, November 6 - Terrell Library, Room 20E - 2-3 pm

Jason Priem of Impact Story hosts a Webinar geared toward faculty and graduate students wanting to provide a fuller picture of their research  impact. Refreshments will be served. To register email:

“In growing numbers, the workflows of scholars are moving online. As that happens, important parts of the scientific process, once hidden, are being exposed. Conversations, arguments, recommendations, reads, bookmarks--the stuff of day-to-day science--is leaving traces in places like Mendeley, Twitter, blogs, Faculty of 1000, and many others.

Mining these traces can give us faster, more diverse, and more accurate data of scholarly impact. These alternative metrics or “altmetrics” could  predict later citations, reveal impacts on diverse audiences like practitioners and clinicians, uncover impacts of diverse products like datasets, blog posts, and software, and reward researchers making subtle but vital contributions that the citation record ignores. After reviewing the growing research around altmetrics, we’ll discuss how these data sources can be of practical use for researchers and publishers today, focusing on ImpactStory, an open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.”


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