RWU Digital Commons Submission Guidelines

Through the RWU Digital Commons you can publish working papers or copies of published articles and conference paper, presentations, theses, and other creative works.  It also serves as an open access journal publishing platform.  The RWU Digital Commons is a digital repository for the intellectual output of the Roger Williams University community.

Why contribute to the RWU Digital Commons:

  • Increase your visibility to the scholarly community.
  • Increase your readership and boost citations to your work by making it available via open access.
  • Help reduce the cost of journal subscription fees.
  • Enhance the academic value of the university.
  • Preserve your scholarship.

Submission Guidelines:

Please refer to the following instructions when submitting works to the RWU Digital Commons, including working papers, journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

  • An electronic or hard copy of your paper should be sent to Mary Wu by email at, or by inter-office mail service.
  • Due to copyright law, pre-prints (the document you submitted to the publisher) would be the best version to submit to the Digital Commons.  It will be noted on the website if the paper has been previously published.
  • Post-prints (the version that has been refined for publishing) are alternatives of published version if publisher’s permission can be obtained.
  • If you do not have a pre-print, the Library is happy to solicit the publisher’s permission in order to post the published version if you provide Mary Wu with publisher’s contact information.
  • If a pre-print is not available and the Library is not able to gain the publisher’s permission, an abstract will be posted on the website of the digital repository if the abstract is provided.