Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is the process by which scholarly work is created, evaluated, shared, preserved, and organized. This guide provides information and resources about current issues in scholarly communication.


DigitalCommons@EMU, EMU's institutional repository, is a digital showcase of scholarly and creative works produced by Eastern Michigan University students, faculty, and staff. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers. Administered by the University Library, Digita Common @EMU is designed to organize, preserve, and increase the impact of scholarly and creative work at the Eastern Michigan University.

What Types of Materials Can Be Included?

  • Electronic theses and dissertations
  • Open access literature
  • Pre-and post prints of scholarly articles (when permitted)
  • Technical reports and working papers
  • Electronic journals and newsletters
  • Conference proceedings
  • Data sets
  • Digtal collections (images, media, etc.)
  • Presentation Materials (Powerpoint™, text of talk)

Why Contribute Materials to Digital Commons @ EMU?

For Scholars - publicize your scholarship:

  • Discoverable by Google, increasing your visibility
  • Access your work with stable URLs
  • Recieve monthly usage statistics emailed to authors
  • Send RSS feeds and automatic email notifications of newly published content
  • Use features such as "Mailing list manager" and "Tell a colleague" to announce new research

For Departments:

  • Raise your departmental profile by centralizing and highlighting scholarship
  • Receive monthly reports on number of hits and downloads

For the University

  • Increase the visibility, prestige, and public value of the institution and the scholarly work of its members.

How to Contribute

If you would like to contribute materials to Digital Commons @ EMU or if you have any questions about EMU's institutional repository, email or

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