Scholarly Communication at UWM

The UWM Libraries Scholarly Communication team supports faculty and student publishing activities, administers the Digital Commons, leads open access and open data initiatives, and educates the campus community to guide researchers in the complex world of publishing and sharing others work.

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 Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) include any type of teaching and learning resource that is developed and shared free of copyright restrictions. Most are shared with a Creative Commons license so that instructors know what permissions they have for sharing and customizing these materials. Open Textbooks are free or low-cost textbooks with Creative Commons licenses. Examples of peer reviewed open textbooks can be found in the Open Textbook LibraryThe UWM Open Textbook Project is a partnership between the UWM Libraries and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and offers grants to support open textbook and OER adoption in large enrollment courses. Contact us to find out more at:

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. We maintain the UWM Open Access Publication Fund to underwrite article processing fees for publication of scholarly articles open access.

Finding Open Access Articles

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

Data Services

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


The Scholarly Communication team gives workshops and writes articles that are archived below.

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