Research & Scholarly Communication


Scholarly communication is the process through which research and other creative scholarly works are produced, evaluated, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The Leddy Library supports this process at the University of Windsor in a variety of ways. For more information see the links below.


Scholarship at UWindsor Repository

The Scholarship at UWindsor institutional repository is intended to host, preserve and provide access to the scholarly works of researchers on our campus. Scholarship at UWindsor helps to increase the accessibility of your work and enables us to provide open access to this work. Scholarship at UWindsor is now home to hundreds of peer reviewed articles from researchers on our campus and over 4600 theses and dissertations from our graduate students. Optimized for discoverability in Google and Google Scholar, in less than a year the IR has generated nearly 40,000 downloads from users around the world. For more information visit our Scholarship at UWindsor Guides

Open Access

Open Access methods of publishing scholarly works remove the cost barrier for users and increase the accessibility of author's works. The Leddy Library is a member of SPARC, an "international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system." For more information please visit our Open Access FAQ page. If your question isn't covered by our FAQ, please feel free to submit your question to your subject librarian or Dave Johnston (djohnst@uwindsor.ca).

Author Rights

Learn about copyright and author rights in the publishing process. (SPARC)

Open Access Journal Publishing

The library supports a variety of Open Access Journals on Campus, helps support conferences through conference management systems and will soon be able to support the development of Open Access Monographs.

Open Access Monograph Publishing

The library has helped the Department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor to launch the first volume in the Windsor Studies in Argumentation Series, What Do We Know About the World? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives.

Research Grant and Funding Guide

There are many resources available for finding information about research funding and to guide you through the grant-writing process. Below is a selection of resources that can be found at the Leddy Library. For a more exhaustive list of resources and funding agencies, as well as support and advice throughout the entire research grant process, visit the Office of Research and Innovation Services.

Tracking Your Academic Footprint

This guide will assist you in managing your online research presense and author identity, counting citations, and creating an H-index that you might use in: Grant applications, Promotions, & Fellowships

Librarians, Open Access and Digital Initiatives at the Leddy Library (Video Series)

Get to know some of our librarians and the work they do around open access, open data, and other digital initiatives.

Data Services

Leddy hosts two data centres to help you access and use statistical data: the Academic Data Centre and the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre.

Research Support

Each department on campus has its own liaison librarian who can be contacted when you have questions about how the library can support your research.

Altmetrics/Alternative Metrics

The search for alternative metrics are being driven by a desire to more accurately reflect the impact of faculty work, beyond the journal level metrics currently available through Journal Citation Reports, Eigenfactor, SCImago Journal Rank or Google Scholar Metrics for example.

Open Access Author Fee Portal

Charging authors a publication fee is one common way that open access journals support their operations. In some cases the Leddy library can help to offset these cost of these fees as a result of various content licenses we have with these publishers. This portal provides information for you on where such discounts apply and how to obtain them.