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Introduction to Scholarly Communication: Open Access

Intended for graduate students, this guide provides essential information for graduate students to maximize the impact of their scholarly endeavors.

Action Items

Investigate the copyright policy of a journal before choosing to publish in it. 

Traditional Role of Journals

Peer Review
  • Group of peer researchers review article and certify that the work is worthy of publication
Type Setting
  • Preparing manuscript in style guide for the journal
  • Submit for indexing
    • Electronic
    • Print

Open Access

Retaining copyright to post copies in a publically available way
  • Current process: author does NOT retain copyright
  • Green: Publishing in open journals; require author to pay publication fee or have other means of external support
  • Gold: Retaining copyright and archiving copy in Institutional or Disciplinary Repository (not going through peer review in some cases)
  • CIC Addendum - Attach to traditional publisher agreement to retain the ability to keep a personal copy that can be posted to an institutional repository or personal website. 

Finding out the copyright policy for a journal

Use Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Search by title or publisher
  • Shows rights that authors retain when they sign the standard copyright transfer agreement for a specific publisher.
For example: IEEE
  • Authors can archive pre-print
  • Authors can archive post-print
  • OR Author can archive publisher's .pdf
  • RoMEO Green publisher- most liberal sharing of copyright

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