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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 are here to educate faculty, staff, and students about open access and other scholarly publishing issues, and to promote and support open access scholarship 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 viability 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). 
  • Luminos institutional membership. Faculty authors receive a 10% discount on Title Publication Fees.
  • MDPI Institutional Open Access Program. Receive a 10% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs).
  • Open Book Publishers institutional membership. Receive free digital editions, discounted 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. When the project is complete it will be open access for everyone. During the digitization phase only the funding libraries have access.
  • 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 published eBook monographs open access.
  • Direct to Open supporting member. Ladd Library supports this initiative out of MIT Press which published eBook monographs open access.