Scholarly Communication at UWM

Scholarly communication is a core function in an academic library serving a research university. The array of publishing models is constantly evolving in support of open scholarship. The UWM Libraries have cultivated expertise to lead the academic community in understanding how publishing models, open access strategies, copyright, author’s rights, licenses, and other related issues impact research and teaching. To that end, the Scholarly Communication team will engage the UWM community by:

1. Developing and delivering timely education and outreach such as workshops and marketing messages regarding open access publishing options for UWM authors.

2. Identifying and organizing relevant programs with speakers to highlight the Open Access Week themes and other important topics in scholarly communication.

3. Partnering with campus units to foster dialogue in alignment with the 2030 strategic goals for open scholarship.

What is Scholarly Communication?

Scholarly communication is defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries as: “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future.”

Digital Commons

Digital Commons is an open online repository that serves as a showcase for UWM’s scholarship. Placing your work in Digital Commons makes it visible and searchable worldwide for the long-term so you can share your publication widely and reliably.

Author’s Rights and Copyright

As an author, you are the owner of the copyright to your work. This can be transferred partially or completely during the publication process, resulting in the loss of an authors rights over their own work. Learn more about copyright issues, negotiating contracts with publishers, and the possibilities of publishing with Creative Commons licenses.

Open Access Publishing

Open access to peer-reviewed research content means it is freely available on the public internet, permitting any user to read, distribute, or use for any lawful purpose. The UWM Libraries have a few open access publishing agreements with publishers to waive article processing charges for UWM authors.

Finding Open Access Articles

A growing body of scholarship is becoming openly accessible – in other words, available free, immediately, and online without a paywall.

Open Educational Resources

The UWM Libraries have undertaken a multi-faceted approach for textbook affordability. The Open Textbook project is a partnership between the UWM Libraries and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. For more information please contact:

Data Services

We offer strategies to manage and organize your data for better research workflow and results.


The team organizes workshops and writes articles that are archived below.

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