Raynor Memorial Libraries offers more than 1.8 million volumes, hundreds of research databases, computer access, laptops on loan, a multimedia
collection, group study spaces, 24-hour access and library staff members who help researchers from around the world.
The process of Scholarly Communication, upon which scholars depend to share their work, has undergone
significant changes over the past two decades. The steep rise in subscription costs for scholarly journals,
especially in the sciences, has had a significant impact on libraries. This price escalation has often
led to routine cancellations of journal subscriptions and cutbacks in other areas of collecting.
Open Access via the Web to Research
Prompted in part by the escalation of serials prices as well as by the possibilities presented by access
to Web-based research, an "open-access" movement is flourishing in academia. The open-access initiative
promotes the provision of journals that are freely available online. The Marquette University Libraries
actively select open-access journals for linking via MARQCAT. In addition, recent legislation has required
free access to research articles funded by the National Institutes of Health. Another opportunity to
promote the provision of open-access materials is the creation of institutionally sponsored repositories
that provide open or nearly open access to the intellectual output of academia.
Retaining Author's Rights
Digital technology has shifted delivery of much scholarly content from print to electronic, making
dissemination of scholarly work easier and more broadly accessible. However, copyright and authors’ right
restrictions tend to reduce access to scholarship. Therefore, the Libraries urge Marquette authors to retain
their rights when submitting articles for publication. Marquette University and Raynor Memorial Libraries
are committed to promoting scholarly communication in all its forms. This site provides resources to help
scholars navigate this shifting landscape.