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Cool Things the Digital Repository DOCS@RWU Can Do

by Mary Wu, Digital Scholarship and Metadata Librarian


Did you know that the Library has had a digital repository called DOCS@RWU since 2006? DOCS@RWU is a library service that provides open access to an online collection of scholarly and creative works produced by faculty, students and other members of the RWU community. It currently hosts 3,049 papers and other materials in multi-media formats, including but not limited to online journals, faculty publications, student theses, and image galleries. Thanks to its rich and interesting content, DOCS@RWU has yielded 400,894 full-text downloads to date since its inauguration. As a matter of fact, there are many ways for DOCS@RWU to boost scholarly communication and to showcase your research as well as academic achievements. We will introduce to you one amazing thing about DOCS@RWU every month this year to demonstrate why DOCS@RWU should matter to you!


#3 DOCS@RWU: A Journal Publishing Platform

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Designed to foster knowledge creation and dissemination, DOCS@RWU is equipped with full-fledged journal publishing capabilities and can serve as a platform for online journal publishing programs.  The topic, scope, and frequency of these journals are determined by their editorial boards, generally consisting of RWU faculty and students.  Creative and literary works, student research projects, and conference proceedings are some examples of possible journal content.  In addition, DOCS@RWU can be utilized as an online publishing platform for established RWU journals and journals affiliated with RWU faculty, but not currently based at RWU.  Considering the amount of time and technical skills required to set up and maintain an online journal, the Library provides assistance in the management of journals published on DOCS@RWU according to each journal’s specifications, including journal homepage design, implementing a submission and review process, and installing an RSS feed. We believe that a library-based publishing service will expand the scholarly communication channel by providing alternatives to traditional publishing services.  More importantly, our students will gain first-hand experience in the full range of the scholarly production cycle, from conducting research to publishing its results. Currently there are three live journals on DOCS@RWU. They are:



Many academic libraries across the country are hosting journals on their digital repository platforms and even extending the service further in the form of library presses. Below are a few examples that demonstrate how DOCS@RWU can help make high quality professional publishing more efficient and affordable:


Journal of the Civil War Era publishes annually undergraduate papers, including academic essays, public history essays, and book reviews on the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College.


Res Publica is a journal of undergraduate research published by the Political Science Honorary Society and funded by the Student Senate at Illinois Wesleyan University.


Zea e-books is a digital and print-on-demand publishing service provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries.


If you would like to include your work in DOCS@RWU, or use the platform to publish, please contact Mary Wu (mwu@rwu.edu), the Digital Scholarship/Metadata Librarian.


Stay tuned for the next cool thing that DOCS@RWU can do for you! Also check out the February Connections for #2 DOCS@RWU: A Showcase for RWU Faculty Work.