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We realize it will take more than a few weeks to publish your work, but here's what to do when you finally hear from the editor/publisher.

If your article/book was accepted for publication...

Hooray! Make your final edits, make sure you have negotiated your author rights, and then bask in the glory while you wait. When your article or book is published, follow our tips below or posting and promoting your work.

If your work was not accepted...

For whatever reason, your proposed piece is not a good match for the publication. Or maybe you weren't happy with the copyright agreement. As one of our librarians wisely points out, "You have not received a rejection; you have received an opportunity to publish elsewhere (usually with free edits)." Take that free feedback, find a new publication venue, and try again.

How to Post Your Scholarly Work

The Institutional Repository, NC DOCKS, holds the works of students and faculty from 8 UNC schools--including WCU.

Why archive your work there?

  • It's easily discoverable: NC DOCKS is crawled by Google and provides full-text keyword access. That means that your article will be easily found via Google and Google Scholar, in addition to traditional subscription databases.
  • In addition to published scholarship, you can submit data sets and pre-prints of your work.
  • Anyone, anywhere, anytime can see your work - no database subscription required.
  • Your work will be permanently available through a URL that will never break.
  • You can see statistics for how many times your works are viewed.
  • You will have a single profile page where all your scholarly work is available; this page can be linked to from academic profile sites such as or ResearchGate.


How to Submit

Archiving your work is SO EASY! Just send the citation of your article to Elizabeth Skene,Special and Digital Collections Librarian. She and her staff will then verify which publishers allow self-archiving (you can check for yourself using SHERPA/RoMEO) and may also be able to scan some of your works. But for some items, you may need to send a copy to Elizabeth (usually as an e-mail attachment). We aim to make the submission process as simple as possible. 

Criteria for Submissions

  • Each work must be the intellectual property of a WCU faculty member. That's why you negotiated your author rights!
  • It must be complete and in final form. For articles, most publishers allow pre-prints to be placed in an institutional repository.
  • It must be a scholarly, research, or educational work.
  • It must be made available for global access at no cost via the Web.
  • The author/creator of each work must grant to WCU Libraries the non-exclusive right to preserve and distribute the work in perpetuity.
  • The library will verify if the publisher allows for IR archiving. Most academic publishers allow this. For those that do not, it will be the responsibility of the submitting faculty member to obtain written permission to place material in the IR.
  • Contributions to NC DOCKS are entirely voluntary; should the author later wish to remove any contribution, the Libraries will comply with the request.

Promote Your Work: A Checklist

Once you have a link to your scholarship (either the full text via NC DOCKS or an Open Access Publisher) or a link to information about your scholarship (i.e., you may not be able to include an entire book in a repository, but you can link to the description and purchasing details on the publisher's website), it's time to promote your work! 

  1. Post it to your Google Scholar Profile. Here's how:​

  2. Send it to WCU's Office of Communications and Public Relations

  3. Share your link on Social Media: Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, your department's FB page, the social media sites for any of your professional organizations. You can even pose with your article or book and post the picture to Instagram, SnapChat, etc. (Yes, it's dorky. Are you in higher ed for the glamour of it all?)

  4. If you published a book, contact your editor about other marketing opportunities. Your publisher might ask you to list possible places (journals, blogs, trade publications) to send review copies--your librarian can help you identify those outlets, or use Task 1 to help you find possible reviewers.  Resources like Writer's Market (e-book) give additional advice on promoting a book.

  5. Add it to your other scholarly profile pages such as ORCID. Here's how: 

  6. Look at Hunter Library's guide to boosting your scholarly profile  to find more tips for increasing your impact.