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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
UpToDate Online
Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources No Access without Proxy

Choosing Open Access - Resources for WUSM Authors

A commitment to making its scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community is the opening statement and guiding sentiment of the WU Faculty Senate Council’s Open Access Resolution that was passed in the spring of 2011. Its passage, while not a mandate, was an important acknowledgement by the faculty of the changes taking place in the publishing industry and the growing interest in reducing barriers to scholarly information.

The Open Access Resolution also encouraged the campus libraries to establish digital repositories and provide author support services to assist faculty in providing greater access to their work. Building upon work already underway, the Becker Library has developed a number of services and resources to support and encourage open access publishing in a number of ways.

Understanding Open Access

“Open Access” is a concept that is described and understood in a number of ways - sometimes mistakenly. The library has focused particular attention during the past year on informing faculty about the details of the resolution and what open access means to them. From hosting an Open Access information session in October 2011 to creating web-based guides on open accessand tools for authors, the library has tried to dispel some of the myths about open access with accurate and unbiased information particularly as it pertains to key areas such as author rightsaccessibility, and user rights.

The Importance of Author Rights

Being able to manage and retain future rights is an important issue for authors no matter what type of journal they choose to submit their work. Whether it is to publish in a scholarly journal, comply with a funding agency mandate, or to use published work for teaching and presentation purposes, retaining specific rights is often the responsibility of the author and is not always automatically granted by the publisher.  The rights that need to be retained and how to go about securing them is not always clear. To assist our authors, the library has partnered with the WU General Counsel’s Office to develop programming and informational materials to inform faculty on the importance of understanding and retaining the rights they need to optimize the dissemination and future use of their research.  Current and detailed information on author rights, copyright, and publishing agreements are available from the Author Rights section of the library’s website.

Publication Fee Discounts

The Open Access Resolution specifically encourages faculty members to seek publishers that are committed to “free and unfettered access" (often referred to as open access publishers).  In many cases, publishing in an open access journal requires the author to pay a fee to offset the cost of publication. To help support our authors who choose to publish in open access journals, Washington University Libraries and the Becker Medical Library maintain a “membership status” with a number of open access publishers who offer discounts to member institutions.  Click here for a complete list of publishers who offer discounted or subsidized fees.

Showcasing Our Scholarship - Digital Commons@Becker

In the spirit of breaking down some of the commercial barriers to scholarly works, the Open Access Resolution also encourages faculty to submit a final manuscript of accepted, peer-reviewed publications to one of the University’s digital repositories. For the past several years the library has been maintaining an open access institutional repository called Digital Commons@Becker that faculty can use to enhance the availability of their work and showcase their research. In direct support of the Open Access Resolution, the library recently created a collection of Open Access Publications authored by WUSM faculty to spotlight those who have chosen to publish their work in a peer-reviewed, open access journal. The collection currently holds 1,110 peer-reviewed articles that have been downloaded over 10,000 times in the past year by visitors across 60 countries worldwide.

The Becker Library is continuing to add customized collections of materials for WUSM departments and programs. To learn more about Digital Commons@Becker contact Bob Engeszer at

To Learn More

Supporting the Washington University Open Access Resolution is just one of many ways that Becker Library is assisting our authors. For more information on what services and resources are available, please visit the Research and Publishing Support portal of our website or contact Cathy Sarli, Scholarly Communications Specialist, at

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