Open Access

Agreements help university researchers save on publishing

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Expanding the reach of University of Windsor research without financial, legal, or technical barriers is a top priority for the Leddy Library; however, researchers keen on publishing their research articles as open access often encounter steep publishing fees from commercial publishers.

The Leddy Library has entered new license agreements with the journal publishers Elsevier, Oxford University Press, and De Gruyter to cover or discount these fees for campus authors.


Journal agreements extend reach of University of Windsor research

Leddy Library building exterior.
Journal agreements extend reach of University of Windsor research

The Leddy Library is signing agreements with academic journal publishers to make it easier for University of Windsor authors to publish their articles as Open Access. Open Access publishing allows authors to extend readership by reducing barriers to access, thereby increasing the impact and citability of the research.


Creative journal relaunch to provide open access

The Windsor Review Website

The Windsor Review is a long-standing journal that began in 1965, featuring both scholarship and creative writing. Published biannually by the University of Windsor Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Department of English and Creative Writing, the journal currently features poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and review essays. 

Over the years the journal has evolved with technology, moving from print to digital formats, yet always remained behind an access barrier.


Open Access Week: Journal Publishing from the University of Windsor

Happy Open Access Week!

One of the ways that the Leddy Library supports making access free to the reader, is by the support and hosting of scholarly journals, including openly licensed ones. The Leddy Library provides software, support and hosting services for academic journals, monographs, and conferences that manage the process from submission to publication.

We currently host the following journals:

Sci-Hub Problems and Questions

► Sci-Hub Problems and Questions

What is Sci-Hub?

Sci-Hub is a search interface that works with a repository called Library Genesis (LibGen) to give readers access to a collection of articles taken illegally from scientific journals. In addition to drawing on the LibGen repository, Sci-Hub also uses the login credentials of university employees to bypass institutional authentication barriers and access journal content to which the university has licensed access.

A Leddy Library pilot project : free and open textbooks

This September about 200 students in a course on Management Information Systems will taking part of a new pilot project spearheaded by the Leddy Library.  The project is a partnership with Flatworld Knowledge to provide free and open online peer-reviewed textbooks that are also available for a variety of digital readers - including the iPad, Kindle and Nook - while also being available in print at a fraction of the traditional cost of a paper textbook. This pilot is the first of its kind in Canada.

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