Scholarly Communications and Publishing


The Office of Scholarly Communications helps scholars publish, access, create, and use scholarship through alternative and traditional means.  Our goal is to help you disseminate your work, increase your research impact, and promote accessibility in all fields of scholarship.  We also offer consultations on copyright issues, publication agreements, author's rights, fair use in the classroom, digital humanities projects, open educational resources, Creative Commons licenses, and more. 

If you have a question or would like to set up a consultation, please Contact Us

Scholarly Communications Services

Copyright training for Library Liaisons and other University constituents

NC DOCKS is a cooperative effort to make the scholarly output of the University of North Carolina System more available to the world

Understand the law and your rights and responsibilities in the ethical and fair use of intellectual property

A collective home for digital projects focused on the cross-section between the humanities and technology

Digitized theses and dissertations are hosted in the University’s institutional repository

Submit metadata for your thesis/dissertation for inclusion in Appalachian's institutional repository

The DSI team will help you learn how to start and manage an open access journal.

Appalachian State faculty members who are serving as editors or board members of academic journals

Learn what Open Access is and find open access resources to support teaching and research

Appalachian has two publishing platforms that allow members of the academic community to publish open access journals

Learn what authors can do to increase the impact of their scholarly work and retain copyright and control of their scholarship

Research and Creative Activity at Appalachian (RECAPP) celebrates all research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of Appalachian Faculty and Staff

Scholarly Publishing Services

The Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team is open to collaborating with faculty interested in scholarly publishing. Available resources include creating e-book and e-journals on local publishing platforms, helping you publish and preserve content on alternative platforms, and leveraging the print and administrative services of the UNC Press. The notion of "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
  • Leverage dataset preservation software to store datasets that accompany journals and research 
  • Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers (Association of College & Research Libraries)


For questions about Scholarly Communication and Publishing, please contact Agnes Gambill, or 828-262-2825.