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Scholarly Communication and Open Access

Information and news about scholarly communications, open access, and institutional repositories for the UHCL community.


Welcome to the Scholarly Communication and Open Access libguide. We hope the resources in this guide will deepen your understanding of the issues in scholarly publishing. If you don't find what you need or would like to recommend a resource, please contact us!

From the Executive Director

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Neumann Library is a proud new member of the Texas Digital Library (TDL) consortium, which will enable us to implement a program of digital initiatives in support of research, scholarship, and learning on campus. The TDL is a statewide consortium of academic libraries that supports greater access to the scholarship and research of Texas academic institutions. In many ways, this is the next step beyond TexShare, which leverages the buying power of Texas libraries to acquire expensive online resources. This new consortium gives us the digital tools to preserve the intellectual capital of our institution. Our first step will be to create an open access institutional repository to provide a place to professionally archive University publications such as the UHCLIDIAN, The Signal, and the Egret, as well as others. We will be able to provide a stable, curated migration path forward for these publications as digital platforms evolve.

In the future, we plan to provide an online workflow for submitting our students’ theses and dissertations in electronic form and making them available in the institutional repository. Faculty will be able to self-archive their own publications in the institutional repository, making their research available to colleagues before publication in print journals. Take a look at Texas State University’s digital collections repository for an example. Neumann Library looks forward to providing these important and exciting new digital services for our UHCL community!

-Karen Wielhorski

Spring 2014

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