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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
AccessMedicine
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
AccessMedicine
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
ScienceDirect
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
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Open Access at Washington University – An Update

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 scholarly communication and presented an opportunity for the libraries to take a leadership role in creating and expanding a variety of services and resources to address the needs of our faculty authors.

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 effort 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 a web-based guide of Open Access educational materials, 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 rights, accessibility, and user rights.

Publishing in Open Access Journals

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 a discount to member institutions.  Click here for a complete list of publishers who offer discounted or subsidized fees.

Emphasizing Author Rights

While maximizing accessibility to scholarly works is a fundamental goal behind open access publishing, achieving this goal often depends upon authors having the ability to manage and retain rights to their works. The library has partnered with the WU General Counsel’s Office to develop programming and informational materials to inform the faculty on the importance of retaining the rights they need to optimize the dissemination of their research.  Whether it is to publish in a scholarly journal, comply with a funding agency mandate, or to use one’s work for multiple purposes, retaining specific rights is often the responsibility of the author and is not always automatically granted by the publisher.  Current and detailed information on author rights, copyright, and publishing agreements are available from the Author Rights section of the library’s website.

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. To lend further support to 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 over 600 peer-reviewed articles and has been visited over 2,000 times since its launch last summer. Library staff continue to add new materials as they become available.

To Learn More

Supporting the WU 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 sarlic@wusm.wustl.edu

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