FAQ

What are the benefits of contributing my work to the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL)?

Contributing your work to the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library:

  • Greatly increases the visibility and findability of those materials through online search engines.  Using a centralized repository means more of your peers can find (three times as many downloads compared to traditional library databases) and cite your work (your work cited in subsequent publications will double), providing you with a wider audience.
  • Provides you with institutional recognition.
  • Allows you to retain your intellectual property rights.
  • Creates a context for your work side-by-side with the scholarly and creative work of your colleagues.
  • Creates a permanent digital archive of your work, including unpublished works such as conference presentations and white papers.
  • Assures a stable online location for your work that can be cited now and in the future.
  • Complements existing print and electronic sources in your discipline.
  • Provides unlimited space for data, audio, video, and other formats.
  • Contributes to the Open Access movement, which seeks to share scholarship in a free collegial, global environment. 

 

What materials can be contributed?

The work should be scholarly or archival in nature.  Because deposits are intended to be permanent contributions to the WHDL, ephemeral and “in-progress” works should not be submitted.

Examples of eligible materials:

  • Journal articles and essays
  • Conference proceedings, papers, presentations
  • White papers, technical reports, research reports
  • Dissertations, theses, undergraduate honors papers
  • Creative works (e.g., art works, music compositions)
  • News items meant for permanent archiving

 

What file formats are acceptable? 

Most common digital formats (e.g., MS Word, PDF, .jpg) can be uploaded. 

 

Can I submit related files, such as sound clips and data sets?

Yes. Your regional editor can help make this happen.

 

What rights do I grant to the WHDL when my work is deposited in the repository?

Individual authors retain their copyright but should complete the Submission Agreement included on the Faculty Submission Form. 

 

If my work has been published in a journal and I don’t know if I own the copyright to my work, can I still deposit my work?

In the past, publishers required that authors give the ownership (copyright) of the paper to the publisher in return for publication.  With the growth of the open access movement, many publishers are being more flexible in their copyright contract bargaining with authors, particularly allowing republication in the author’s institutional repository. It is your responsibility to check the details of your contract with your publisher to verify that you have permission to upload your work to the WHDL.

 

Publisher contracts can be so confusing.  Can I get help in my contract negotiations? 

If your work has been published by the Nazarene Publishing House, please contact them for information on your contract. Unfortunately we do not have the staff to assist you with your contractual needs. Please talk to your publisher or your advisors regarding opinions on what copyright commitments you have made.

 

Can items be withdrawn from the WHDL? 

The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library has been established as a permanent repository to provide ongoing persistent access to all deposited items.  However, it may be necessary under some circumstances to withdraw items from the repository.  Reasons for withdrawal could include copyright violation, factual inaccuracy, or plagiarism.  Requests for withdrawal can be initiated by any external or internal entity.  All withdrawal requests must be submitted using the contact form here.

 

Can I restrict access to my work?

No.

 

Whom do I contact for more information about the WHDL?

You may contact the WHDL using the form here.

 

I see some titles available in certain languages, but not in others. Why aren't all languages in which a title exists available here?

There are many ministries around the world whose ministry budgets come from sales of products such as these. In certain areas where these resources are making ministry possible through sales, those titles are not included in the WHDL.