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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Journal of College Access – New Journal Born on ScholarWorks at WMU Libraries

Journal of College Access published its first issue January 6, 2015 on the Western Michigan University’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks at WMU.

The Journal is a collaborative effort of the Michigan College Access Network and WMU. The
Image of the online journal's home page
Online journal's opening page - first issue in ScholarWorks
editors Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. and Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D. saw a need across Michigan and the nation for a journal focused on how students aspire to, gain access to, enroll in and persist in higher education institutions.

It is an open access, academic, peer-reviewed, digital only journal made easier to launch through the online platform, ScholarWorks, managed by Western's University Libraries. This complex tool supports journal publishing from the submission and reviewing of article to the final step of publishing an issue. One can sign up for email notices or RSS feeds from the journal. 

A digital showcase of the research, scholarly and creative output of members of the Western Michigan University community, ScholarWorks holdings including over 13,000 papers that have been downloaded over 1.3 million times since its inception in 2011.

The journal's first issuance is celebrated with cake at
Western Michigan University Libraries;
l to r, Brandy Johnson, Chris Tremblay, Maira Bundza.
Submissions to the Journal of College Access are welcome from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement. Browse the first issue published at http://

Also helping celebrate the rollout was the executive director of the Michigan College Access Network; Brandy Johnson and ScholarWorks at WMU librarian and repository manager, Maira Bundza.