The University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications program promotes open access and supports faculty in new and emerging forms of scholarly dissemination.  Through educational programming and assistance with dissemination, the program supports faculty and students at the university with author rights, publishing, and copyright.

Services and Resources

ScholarWorks @ GVSU

ScholarWorks@GVSU is an open-access repository maintained by the GVSU Libraries that showcases and maintains works by GVSU scholars. The mission of ScholarWorks@GVSU is to collect and preserve scholarly and creative works by GVSU faculty, staff and students.

Open Access Publishing Fund

The University Libraries have established the Open Access Publishing Support Fund to remove financial barriers that prevent researchers from publishing in open access journals.  The Libraries will cover up to $3,000 of author submission fees to support the ability of researchers to publish in established open access peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed journals that have an open access option.

Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

The open access landscape is complex. There are thousands of peer-reviewed open access journals, with new titles emerging rapidly using a variety of models. While there are many high-quality, peer-reviewed open access publications, there are also journals/publishers that engage in unprofessional or unethical practices. To assist faculty in navigating this landscape the University Libraries established guidelines to help evaluate open access publications as they consider appropriate publication venues, or invitations to serve as reviewers or editors.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are textbooks, learning objects, and other educational materials that are open: they are free to use, have few or no access restrictions, and most can be freely remixed, customized, and adapted.  ScholarWorks@GVSU hosts several open textbooks produced by Grand Valley faculty members.  

Interested in learning more about OER, or in search of high-quality OER for a course?  Our Open Educational Resources Guide is a great place to start.

Educational Programs and Opportunities

The University Libraries can provide customized presentations or workshops for faculty or student groups. We can cover topics such as open access publishing, author rights, open education materials, ScholarWorks, and SelectedWorks. For more information, or to schedule a presentation, contact Matt Ruen at

Page last modified November 30, 2016