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Open Access Publishing

Guidance in open access scholarly publishing for researchers in all disciplines.



We host several successful peer reviewed journals on our digital archive, Encompass.

Journal of Military Experience:  JME

Journal of Occupational Therapy Education:  JOTE

Journal of Retracing Africa:  JORA

Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning:  KJECTL

Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship:  KJUS

ninepatch:  A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies

PRISM:  A Journal of Regional Engagement

If you or your professional organization is considering starting an open access journal, ask us if this might be a good option for you.

EKU Faculty & Staff Scholarship

You may already have an author profile in ResearchGate, or Google Citations. You can also submit the full text of your publications or presentation slides in Encompass, where they will be hosted in the EKU Faculty and Staff Scholarship series. Not only will this series highlight the scholarship output of EKU faculty and staff in one location, but you will have the ability to see analytics on the views and downloads of your scholarship. Help us cultivate the series by submitting your work to Encompass.

*An important note about copyright: If you want to post the full text of a journal article you published with a traditional journal publisher, whether you post it in a public site like ResearchGate or on Encompass, you will first need to determine whether you have the rights to do so. You can either consult the author agreement you signed or the Sherpa/Romeo website, which lists what rights each publisher grants to authors. Generally, authors are allowed to post pre-prints in their local institutional repository as long as they include the full citation with the article, but you will need to confirm this via your author agreement or at Sherpa/Romeo.

Student Scholarship

Acknowledging the important role of creation in student learning, EKU Libraries provide open access to student works in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Graduate Capstones

Honors Theses

University Presentation Showcase Graduate Poster Gallery

University Presentation Showcase Undergraduate Poster Gallery