Discoverability. Publications are indexed by Google, Google Scholar, etc, and are easily findable on the free web.
Citation impact. Works published in repositories are cited more frequently than those that reside only behind a paywall.
Permalink. The URL of your article will never change! Share it with anyone via your website, c.v., email, or in any way you like.
Author rights. Publishing in MSW asserts your copyright ownership. Retain your right to freely and legally share your research. [Note: copyright does NOT transfer to Merrimack College or McQuade Library.]
Visibility. Broadcast your research to the widest possible audience.
Metrics. Authors receive a montly download report detailing the number of times a work was viewed and downloaded.
Grant criteria. Publishing in MSW meets the data-sharing requirement of some grant-funded research (ex: NIH).
Not seeing some of the articles on your publication list in Merrimack ScholarWorks? The reason is due to copyright restrictions enacted by journal publishers that prohibit the inclusion of published works in institutional repositories.
Depositing your article in Merrimack ScholarWorks before it is published is the easiest way to make your work available to the widest audience possible.