Scholarly Communications and Scholarly Publishing Services

Please contact Paul Orkiszewski,, 828-262-6588 for assistance in any of these areas. 

Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is the system scholars and researchers employ to create, distribute, use, and preserve their work. Traditionally, this communication has been in the form of monographs and treatises, journal articles, conference presentations and published proceedings, and other formal channels, but new ways of doing scholarship and new technologies for its dissemination have resulted in challenges and opportunities for furthering our collective scholarly endeavor. The Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team and Appalachian State University Libraries seek to facilitate scholarly communication in all its forms.

Intellectual Property, Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright effects faculty and students in their generation and use of scholarly and creative works. The Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team can help you understand pertinent areas of the law and your rights and responsibilities in the ethical use of intellectual property. For information and help, please contact Paul Orkiszewski,, 828-262-6588

NC DOCKS (ASU's Institutional Repository)  

NC DOCKS is a cooperative effort to make the scholarly output of the University of North Carolina System more available to the world. Current institutional participants include Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, and Western Carolina University. NC DOCKS includes many full text articles, audio recordings, dissertations, and other formats. All materials are indexed by Google and are freely available to scholars and researchers world-wide.

Any ASU faculty member interested in contributing works or helping their students archive their scholarship is invited to contact Paul Orkiszewski,, 828-262-6588.

Data Repositories

Repository Options: The repositories listed here are only a few examples popular with ASU faculty; please contact a librarian at Belk Library & Information Commons if you would like help locating an appropriate repository for your data.

  • NC DOCKS: ASU is a partner institution in NC DOCKS, a cooperative effort to make the scholarly output of the University of North Carolina system more available to the world. ASU faculty can deposit research data in NC DOCKS, along with full text articles, audio recordings, dissertations, and other formats. All formats are indexed by Google and are freely available to scholars and researchers world-wide.  Appalachian State University faculty interested in NC DOCKS should review this information and contact Allan Scherlen for details.
  • Databib: Find a Data Repository: Databib is a searchable catalog of research data repositories. You can search for a depository by keyword, or browse a list of repositories by discipline. Most listed repositories are in the U.S., U.K., or Canada.
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): ASU is an ICPSR member and some ASU PIs have deposited their research data with ICPSR. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences.
  • DRYAD: Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies. Dryad is governed by a consortium of journals that collaboratively promote data archiving and ensure the sustainability of the repository.

Choosing a Data Repository: As part of your plan for preserving and disseminating data, you may choose to deposit some or all of it in a digital repository or archive.  Depositing your data in a repository makes it more accessible to other scholars and allows your rely on the data management expertise of those who maintain the repository. 

If you decide to use a data repository as part of your data management, consider:

  • Your needs and the requirements of your institution and funder. 
    Is long-term preservation of your data important to you? Are you interested in making your data available to other researchers in your field and/or the general public?
  • Copyright, intellectual property, and privacy. 
    Would public deposit of your data in a repository be compatible with your institution, funder, and publishers' policies for data dissemination?  Does your research involve potentially sensitive information, such as valuable intellectual property or information about human subjects, that will need to be carefully managed?
  • The intended audience(s) for your data, and where they might easily access the data. 
    For example, if your data is primarily useful for other researchers in your discipline, is there a discipline-specific repository that is widely used by your colleagues?
  • The repository's technical specifications. 
    Does the repository store the type and volume of data you need to store?  How do they handle metadata--information about your data such as authorship, version, and subject--that makes it easier to find and use your data?  What about backups and secure storage?  If you deposit your data in the repository, will people be able to find it using Google, WorldCat, or other search tools?
  • The repository's administrative requirements for depositing data. 
    Who may deposit data in the repository?  Are there fees?  Do their policies for access, security, and intellectual property meet your needs?
  • The repository's potential for long-term stability. 
    Who maintains the repository, and what type of administrative and financial plans do they have for providing access to the data in the coming years?  As technology changes and data formats become obsolete, does the repository have a process in place to migrate old data to newer formats?

Open Access

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results — to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.  — Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

ASU Libraries supports open access scholarship, and we welcome your interest and questions.

Scholarly Publishing Services 

The Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team is open to collaborating with ASU faculty interested in scholarly publishing. Possible resources include locally served e-book and e-journal publishing platforms, helping you publishing on existing platforms, and leveraging some of the printing and administrative services of the UNC Press. Academic libraries as publishers is a new and growing development, and we welcome your interest and ideas. We can help you:

  • Explore publishing pathways to make your research more readily and openly available through innovative technologies
  • Pursue open access publishing for journals and open educational resources
  • Partner with the University of North Carolina Press to develop both formal and informal publications
  • Seek grant opportunities
  • Apply standards, best practices, and metadata to your work

 Please contact Joyce Ogburn,, 828-262-6735, for more information.