Scholarly Communication and Publishing

The following statement was published on BU Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Open Access (DIOA) website in 2011. Its principles still guide much of the work we do at Digital Scholarship Services today. The statement is presented as originally written, with the exception of an updated name for our institutional repository.

In 2019, DIOA became Digital Strategies and Innovations.

A commitment to the value and quality of research carries with it a
responsibility to extend the circulation of such work as far as possible and
ideally to all who are interested in it and all who might profit by it.
*  (John Willinsky)

Boston University Libraries provide a suite of tools, open access publishing services and delivery platforms to enable Boston University scholars to create, manage and disseminate the results of their research. Authors retain the copyright for their works in accordance with the Creative Commons licensing agreement.  Consistent with their mission, the Libraries collect, preserve, and make accessible the intellectual output of Boston University.

Our mission:

  1. Extending the circulation of the research and scholarly output of Boston University through open access models of publication, development of rich metadata and discovery tools, and preservation of digital content to insure enduring access.
  2. Fostering new models of scholarship and scholarly communication that build on those affordances unique to digital content and technologies. The Libraries support scholars and researchers in their use of new media and technologies that reshape the notion of scholarly communication defined by print publishing.
  3. Providing more affordable means of publishing and scholarly communication for scholarly societies, centers, and programs, particularly those hosted at Boston University. The Libraries are particularly committed to collaborating with such organizations to establish and support sustainable models for publishing that insure broad dissemination and enduring access.
  4. Creating and enriching digital collections and libraries that support research and pedagogy. The Libraries give priority to faculty driven initiatives to develop digital collections that enhance research and learning at Boston University and beyond.
  5. Partnering with other organizations to build publishing collaboratives that build on the strengths of each organization to establish and enhance the ability to publish and disseminate research and scholarly information.

The Libraries’ publishing platforms, appropriate for journals, books, conference proceedings, reports and working papers provide support for:

  • Manuscript and peer-review
  • Editorial management
  • Persistent links
  • Digital preservation

* Willinsky, John. 2006. The access principle: the case for open access to research and scholarship. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.