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Denise Rosemary Nicholson, Scholarly Communications Librarian, BA HDip Lib(Unisa); LLM(Wits)


Welcome to this Libguide about WIREDSPACE for Wits researchers and other staff who publish scholarly works. WIReDSpace is the Institutional Repository and Research Archive of Wits University which showcases Wits research on the global stage via an Open Access Platform.  Depositing your works in WIReDSPACE is 'self-archiving' or the 'Open Access Green Route'.

On 9 November 2012, Wits signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, which committed Wits to following an open access route of scholarly communication/publishing. This now obliges Wits' scholarly authors to deposit copies of their scholarly works done at Wits into WIReDSpace.

Many publishers allow copies of pre-prints (working papers), postprints (final, peer-reviewed edited version sent to publisher for publishing - unbranded version) and some even the publishers' final PDF branded version to be loaded onto institutional repositories, like WIREDSPACE.  You can check SHERPA/ROMEO website to see what your publishers' copyright policies are in this regard.  As part of their funding conditions, some international funders now insist that a copy of the final papers are placed on an institutional respository.  

Please deposit the permitted version(s) of your papers into WIREDSPACE at your earliest convenience. 

For future publications, please attach a signed Wits Authors' Addendum to your publishers' agreements, so that you can retain some rights for teaching purposes and for placing copies of your publications on WIREDSPACE.  See Tips on how to negotiate an Addendum with your publishers.

Please peruse this LibGuide for information about WIReDSpace and its benefits. Thereafter, please contact your Faculty Librarian or the Scholarly Communications Librarian (Denise Nicholson at x71929 or denise.nicholson@wits.ac.za) to discuss setting up a Community on WIReDSpace and for training on WIReDSpace so that you can load your publications as soon as possible.   


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