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Open Access Publishing Support & ScholarWorks

Information for faculty and students about ScholarWorks, the institutional repository of CSU Fullerton

Here's why you should add your work to ScholarWorks

It's public. Your work will be available to anyone, anywhere, forever.  The link will not change.  You may share it on your resume, graduate school applications, website, or in any way you like.

It's findable. Publications are indexed by Google, Google Scholar, etc, and are easily findable on the free web.

It's still yours.  You retain the copyright, and the work is still yours to do as you please. You may continue to revise it and even submit it for publication in a journal.

It's the final step.  By making your works openly available through ScholarWorks you are completing the scholarly research cycle and adding to the ongoing research conversation of your subject. 

Getting your work into ScholarWorks

The first step in adding your work to the ScholarWorks repository is to complete the depositor agreement form linked below.

If you have any questions or concerns about the agreement language, please contact the repository administrator, Michaela Keating-

Once your form is received, the repository management team will reach out to you for more information about your work.

This will include gathering information about you and your project, including:

  • Majors and Minors
  • Year of graduation
  • Faculty advisors 
  • IRB Status
  • Copyright clearance

Human Subjects and IRB Approval

If your work involves human subjects, you must obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

This approval must be obtained prior to conducting research. If you did not undergo the approval process, the repository management team can discuss your options for uploading to ScholarWorks. 

Some examples of research that involves human subjects:

  • Written questionnaires (paper or electronic)
  • Interviews or oral histories
  • Focus groups 
  • Written tests
  • Participant observation
  • Unobtrusive observation or behavioral coding
  • Measurement of physical characteristics (heart rate, height, etc.)

What about future publishing opportunities?

Authors maintain copyright of works published in Merrimack ScholarWorks, so works may be submitted for publication elsewhere. Some journals require that manuscripts not be previously published, but sharing work in a repository like ScholarWorks typically does not constitute a previous publication. For many disciplines, having your work available online will not negatively impact your chances of publishing in an academic journal.  However, if you have concerns about a specific journal, please consult with Michaela Keating-

If your work involves ongoing faculty research or data that can't be shared publicly, please speak with us about embargo options.