Typically, your submission will be deposited almost instantly. You can check to see that your deposit was successful by clicking on "My WFC Submissions" on the left side green bar. Your submission will also be visible in your Member Directory profile (members only).
You can Explore the WFC by using the Search function or by Browsing. Searching is useful if you have a clear idea of what information you want to find. Browsing is a good way to find available documents when you don't have a specific idea of what information you want.
One of the unique features of the WFRN is the archive of legacy information from the former Sloan Work and Family Research Network. The more than 11,000 citations from the former Sloan Network Literature Database have been retained and deposited into the WFC.
In addition, you can deposit new citations to the WFC. You must create a 1 page PDF with the citation, abstract and online link to the article, if available, as a document must be submitted for a successful deposit.
Citations from the Sloan Network Literature Database have been included in the WFC and can be found through the search function. In most cases, full-text of articles cited in the Sloan Network Literature Database were not included in the Literature Database and therefore were not automatically transferred to the Work and Family Commons.
Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is discouraged. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include: journal publishers requirements, proven copyright violations, plagiarism or other legal requirements. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
You need to know the copyright status of your work before submitting it. If the copyright belongs to you, you keep it. If you share the copyright with other authors, check with them to make sure they also approve of the work being archived and made available on the WFC. WFRN asks for your permission to display your work on the Internet. If another party (such as an academic publisher or organization) owns the copyright, you need to secure their permission for the inclusion of the full-text version on the WFC.
The purpose of open access is not to undermine journals but to provide an accessible alternative and take full advantage of new technology —the internet— for widening distribution and reducing costs. Moreover, for researchers themselves, the overriding motivation is to offer easier access to a larger audience of readers and for their research to have greater impact. More information can be found here.