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Scholarly Communications

Information for the Bates College community on topics in Scholarly Communications including: open access, author's rights, copyright, and more.

Scholarly Communications at Ladd Library

What can we do for you?

The Scholarly Communications librarians at Ladd Library are here to educate faculty, staff, and students about open access and other scholarly publishing issues, and to promote and support the use of open educational resources on campus.

The library can assist you with:

  • Understanding your author rights.
  • Exploring the benefits of open access publishing and the use of open educational resources.
  • Increasing the visibility of non-traditionally published scholarship.

Ladd Library's Commitment to Open Access

How does the college support open access scholarship?

  • SPARC institutional membership. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is a non-profit organization that advocates for and supports open publishing and equitable access to research.
  • Open Education Network institutional membership. This network promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks. 
  • Open Library of Humanities institutional membership. This organization publishes several humanities focused journals that have no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). 
  • MDPI Institutional Open Access Program. Receive a 10% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs).
  • Open Book Publishers institutional membership. Receive free digital editions, a discount on print copies, and discount on setting up customized coursepacks.
  • Reveal Digital funding library. We are a funding library for the Documenting White Supremacy and its Opponents in the 1920s collection of primary source newspapers being digitized by Reveal Digital. We have also contributed to Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements.
  • Lyrasis Open Access Community Investment Program contributors. Ladd Library has contributed funding to several open access journals through the OACIP (5 year commitment) including: Algebraic Combinatorics, History of Media Studies, and the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communications.
  • Fund to Mission supporting member. Ladd Library supports this initiative out of the University of Michigan Press which publishes open access e-books.
  • Direct to Open supporting member. Ladd Library supports this initiative out of MIT Press which publishes open access e-books.