Today is the first day of Open Access Week, an annual event promoting open access as a new norm in global scholarship and research (Oct. 21 – Oct. 27). And what is open access? Open access (OA) scholarship is digital, online, free of charge, and free of many copyright and licensing restrictions. It is, simply put, the fuel for a new age of digital, global scholarship. Here at Pepperdine, these efforts are centralized through Pepperdine Digital Commons, our open access repository and home to many of our open access journals, such as Global Tides, Leaven, Pepperdine Policy Review, Pepperdine Law Review, and more. By centralizing and promoting the university’s scholarship on the open web, we harness the advantages of open access, which, for authors, include the more immediate discovery of and access to their work, higher citation counts, and a richer, more immediate contribution to the scholarly value chain in their discipline. Here’s more information about how you might contribute content to Pepperdine Digital Commons.
Pepperdine Digital Commons, the University’s centralized e-publishing platform and repository, celebrated its 100,000th article download this week. Launched only last February, Pepperdine Digital Commons offers full-text downloads of faculty and student scholarship, including articles in Pepperdine produced journals, such as Global Tides, Pepperdine Policy Review, and Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Lucky download number 100,000 was “The World of the Eighth-Century Prophets,” authored by our own Rick Marrs, Dean of Seaver College. The article appears in a 2003 issue of Leaven, a journal produced by the Religion Division of Seaver College. Prior to joining Pepperdine Digital Commons, Leaven was strictly a print-only journal. Through a partnership between the Religion Division and Pepperdine University Libraries, all 76 back issues of Leaven–going back to 1990–are now available online, opening up an important corpus of Christian Scholarship to a new, global audience.
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Less than two months after its official launch, Pepperdine Digital Commons has passed the 10,000th download mark. As the library’s new centralized platform for Pepperdine University journals, scholarship, and faculty pages, Pepperdine Digital Commons is attracting a lot of internet traffic despite its still modest holdings. So far, the most popular journal is Leaven, from the Religion Division, followed by the Pepperdine Law Review, and the Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law.
So keep an eye on Pepperdine Digital Commons–it’s growing fast! Click here for more information.