Showcasing GW Faculty Scholarship
GW faculty scholarship is imaginative and transformative. Using robotic systems to help autistic children, studying enzyme inhibitors to treat malaria, or exposing high levels of industrial substances in people who consume fast food are just some of the potentially life-changing projects happening daily at GW.
The Libraries are working to showcase faculty research and publications through GW ScholarSpace, an institutional repository that stores academic papers, articles, photos, and other digitized works. A permanent record of the scholarship produced at GW, ScholarSpace makes that work publicly accessible to scholars around the world. Authors protect the rights to their work while increasing its visibility and impact.
GW ScholarSpace exemplifies the university’s commitment to an open-access environment. GW joins hundreds of universities around the world in this drive to preserve and promote the work of their faculty. A growing requirement for government-funded research, “open access” can mean many things to many people, but at GW it is a way to give the world-class work of our faculty the wide audience it deserves without changing where or how faculty publish.
GW defines open access as the “free availability of journal articles on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link” to these works. The Faculty Senate tackled this complex issue in 2015, deciding upon a plan to require faculty to deposit published scholarly work into ScholarSpace in accordance with each journal’s rules.