Public Access Policy and Scholarship@Western

Some Canadian and American research funding agencies have implemented a public access policy which requires funded researchers to make their publications of research outcomes publicly available online within a specified period of time. Researchers at The University of Western Ontario who have received funding from such agencies can now make their research outcomes publicly available by depositing their publications to Scholarship@Western (http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/).

A new initiative from Western Libraries, Scholarship@Western collects, disseminates, archives, and preserves the intellectual outputs of the Western community. It aims to advance scholarship and disseminate knowledge by providing open online access to the academic achievements at Western. Its content is indexed by search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Live. That makes the content much more visible and accessible, which in turn contributes to the impact and recognition of the authors concerned.

In short, Scholarship@Western offers a convenient avenue for researchers to comply with funding agencies’ public access policies and to share their research outcomes with peers around the world in a timely manner. It also helps enhance the international recognition of Western as a research-intensive university.

Should there be any questions about depositing content to Scholarship@Western or compliance with research funding agencies’ public access policies, Adrian Ho, Western’s Scholarly Communication Librarian, will be glad to provide assistance as appropriate. He can be reached by e-mail at adrian.ho@uwo.ca and by phone at (519) 661-2111 Ext. 87832.

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