ScholarWorks at WMU is the scholarly portion of the institutional repository administered and maintained by Western Michigan University Libraries. The purpose of ScholarWorks at WMU is to provide open access publication and research dissemination services for members of the WMU community. Materials in ScholarWorks at WMU may be viewed by anyone.
The goals of ScholarWorks at WMU are to:
All materials must meet the following guidelines to be included in the repository of ScholarWorks at WMU. In consultation with the ScholarWorks at WMU administrator, sponsoring departments and units assume responsibility for setting and administering any additional requirements and guidelines deemed appropriate for a particular collection or series within ScholarWorks.
ScholarWorks at WMU is using the Digital Commons platform from Berkeley Electronic Press or bepress. It is built on their journal publishing software, so lends itself well to authors submitting papers, conference proposals, etc. and provides all the tools for publishing an online journal. (See the journals tab for details.) The Digital Commons platform is being used by about 200 institutions for institutional repositories. You can see how other institutions are implementing their repositories on the Digital Commons site.
Digital Commons provides us with server space, back-ups, and migration to new formats. They have a great technical support team that trains us in the use of ScholarWorks and answers our questions, so we do not have to bother any IT folks on campus.