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Scholarly Communications at Swarthmore

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Looking for a broader overview of open access?

Check out the Open Access research guide

How Does Swarthmore Support Open Access?

A screenshot of the BioMed Central supporter page for Swarthmore College. It says: BioMed Central publishes 290 peer-reviewed Open Access journals. Swarthmore College is a supporter member which means when you publish in any BioMed Central journal you will receive a 15% discount on the article-processing charge.
Swarthmore College has been a supporting member of BioMed Central for nearly 10 years.

Text in picture: Liberal arts colleges have a role to play in the advancement of knowledge. Logo for "The Lever Initiative". Text follows: this project explores whether libraries collectively could launch a sustainable Open Access press to provide scholars editorial attention worthy of their best work in whatever form this might take-- and offer it to the world.

Swarthmore College is a part of the Oberlin Group, the driving force behind Lever Press:

The Lever Press will not all by itself change the face of scholarly communication, but we are increasingly convinced that it represents an excellent opportunity for us to collectively intervene to help transform this system, and to provide a platform for innovation in the liberal arts.

Screenshot of the Works homepage, showing a map of readership from August 2016

Works is a research information management system that aims to bring together all of the College's faculty output and research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research.

Works is hosted by Digital Commons, and thus is a part of the Digital Commons network of institutional repositories.

A screenshot of the HathiTrust home page

The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations.

About 39% of the collection is in the public domain and freely accessible.

Member libraries are able to download the full text of titles in copyright for users with print disabilities.

Text reads: Knowledge Unlatched: An initiative where libraries work collaboratively to publish humanities and social science books under CC licenses. "Opening access to scholarly books". Link:

Access the books Swarthmore helped to fund through Knowledge Unlatched.

The Mission: libraries work together to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books by sharing the costs to publish humanities and social science monographs on Creative Commons licenses.