To help researchers at WSU share their work more widely, the WSU Libraries provide tools, instruction, and services as follows.

Research Exchange

Research Exchange is a digital repository where WSU community members may share and preserve their scholarly work, including documents, conference presentations, grey literature, media, open educational resources, datasets, and more. Materials in the repository are indexed by major search engines and made available to a worldwide audience. Through Research Exchange, the WSU Libraries endeavor to add value to the university community by:

  • decreasing publishing costs

  • rapidly communicating faculty research to scholars around the world

  • preserving institutional memory

  • improving discovery of university scholarship through quality metadata

  • creating a record of the university’s collective expertise

  • providing information about the use of institutional scholarship

For more information, please see this guide.

Support for Open Access Publishing

Open access (OA) is a model of scholarly communication that has arisen in recent years as an alternative to traditional academic publishing. OA materials are freely available online with little or no restrictions to access.

Should you wish to participate in open access publishing at Washington State University, you can post your work to Research Exchange, WSU’s repository of university scholarship, or start your own open access journal. The WSU Libraries provide services for managing peer-review workflows and online journal publishing via Open Journal Systems (OJS). Examples of WSU journals published open access include North American Fungi and LandEscapes (a student publication).

Data Management

Data management describes all of the processes whereby a researcher stores, describes, and provides access to research data. With the proliferation of born-digital data in the world, it has become particularly important for researchers to consider how they will preserve datasets and make them accessible to interested parties. Increasingly, funders—and especially federal agencies—are also emphasizing the need for careful data management as well as public access to research findings. As of 2013, federal agencies are moving toward requiring that grant recipients demonstrate how they will manage their research data and make it publicly accessible.

The WSU Libraries provide resources to assist faculty and students in managing data per funder requirements. These include:

  • Use of Research Exchange to deposit data. Please note that for extremely large datasets, we may work with you to make alternative deposit arrangements.

  • Access to DMPTool. DMPTool provides templates for constructing data management plans as well as instructional materials, tutorials, and current information about federal mandates. Sign in using your WSU Network ID.

  • Support via consultations, guides, and instructional materials for constructing data management plans according to recommended best practices. Please request specialized resources or see this guide for a basic overview of available tools:


ORCID, Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a unique researcher identifier that you can tie to your various research outputs, including datasets, monographs, and scholarly work that is not traditionally indexed in databases like Web of Science. By distinguishing you from other researchers with similar names, ORCIDs make it easier for anyone to discover your work online. They operate like DOIs, facilitating links between your work as collected in various systems, platforms, and databases. You can claim your ORCID for free at or contact the WSU Libraries for more information about the creation and use of ORCIDs.

Publication of Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The WSU Libraries work with graduate students at the university to make their theses and dissertations available to the general public. Dissertations are circulated in Research Exchange, WSU’s institutional repository, and theses are shared via Search It. For more information about submitting your thesis or dissertation, see this set of instructions. For examples of previous WSU theses and dissertations, see Research Exchange.


If you would like to share your work in Research Exchange, learn more about increasing the visibility of your scholarship, or find out about other services and tools related to scholarly communication, we invite you to arrange a consultation with a librarian. Alternatively, you are welcome to request a presentation or workshop for a group or class. Please contact Talea Anderson, or 509-335-2266.