Scholarly Communication and Research Impact

Expertise in navigating the complex landscape of scholarly publishing, illustrating the impact of research, and strategies for making research more impactful.

NIH Public Access Policy 

Library staff continued to help researchers comply with the NIH Public Access Policy, which focuses on openly sharing final, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts in the NIH PubMed Central digital archive. This included:

A flowchart of submission methods for NIH Public Access compliance available to the WUSM community through libguides.
  • Giving presentations
  • Fielding questions
  • Submitting articles on behalf of authors
  • Providing assistance and troubleshooting
  • Sharing guidance on proactive compliance

Staff also helped individuals and groups assess their rate of compliance with the policy and identify publications not in compliance. Beyond the NIH Public Access Policy, staff also provided support for more than 50 other public access policies, including from other government agencies and funding organizations. 

Author analytics and evaluation reporting 

Library staff provided guidance and reports for individuals, groups, departments, offices, institutes, centers and others.

Guidance topics included:

How to demonstrate expertise using publication data

Journal impact factor scores and benchmarking metrics

Institution and author name variations

Strategies for establishing online profiles

Completing tenure packets

Enhancing the impact of research efforts

Staff prepared evaluation reports containing:

Visual networks, graphs and tables including choropleth geographic maps of top authors in a field

Co-author network maps and word clouds displaying trends or areas of expertise

reports confirming acknowledgement of grant support

These services were requested by investigators at the medical school for a variety of purposes including:

  • Grant applications and renewals
  • Progress reports
  • Departmental reports
  • Departmental websites
  • Recruiting
  • Promotion and tenure

Open October  

In collaboration with Washington University Libraries, Brown School Library and the Institute for Informatics, Becker Library hosted a month-long series of presentations called Open October, with the purpose of highlighting trends in open science, open data and open access publishing, and raising awareness among the campus community to the changes taking place in research and scientific communication.

The highlight of the month was a keynote address by Jessica Polka, PhD, executive director of ASAPbio. Dr. Polka’s presentation focused on preprints and their evolving role in the life sciences. Dr. Polka’s talk led to a stimulating question and answer session focused on the future of scientific publishing. 

Open October.

Transformative license agreements

During FY22, Becker Library and Washington University Libraries together announced a new transformative license agreement with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press — a nonprofit publisher of leading research journals in molecular biology, genetics, and related fields. Titles for WashU author submission under the program include:

  • Genes & Development
  • Genome Research
  • RNA
  • Learning & Memory
  • Molecular Case Studies

The agreement allows for a full waiver of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for a limited number of works published by Washington University corresponding authors under a Creative Commons CC-BY Version 4.0 Open Access license with the author retaining copyright.

This type of transformative publishing agreement is indicative of a trend among academic libraries, but also represents our commitment to leveraging our purchasing power with publishers to benefit our institutional authors. 

2022 Annual Report