During operating hours, building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.

Publishing, Rights & ORCID

GW Libraries provides resources and services to assist scholars throughout the research and publishing process.

Author's Rights  

Understand the implications of retaining or giving away your rights when you publish your work.

Open Access  

Open-access (OA) publishing is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. 

Find out how to measure the reach of your published work in the scholarly and wider community.  Learn to set up your ORCID to ensure your published record remains accurate and disambiguated even if you change institutions. 


Copyright is a complex collection of rights and responsibilities.  



GW’s institutional repository offers free, publicly available, long-term preservation of the research and scholarly works created by GW’s faculty, staff, students, and institutes.

Theses and Dissertations

Information on University policies, submission procedures, and copyright for your electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD).


Scholarly Communications Group