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Sharing Your Work in the Scholarly Commons

 

Have you done work you’re proud of?

Do you want to share it so that others can read and build upon it?

Institutional repositories are widely used as to make scholarship freely accessible on the Web. The Scholarly Commons is Miami University’s institutional repository, and students are now eligible to deposit their work there. Share your work with the world, and reap the rewards of an open system of scholarship!
 

Familiarize yourself with Miami’s Scholarly Commons!
The Scholarly Commons makes research available to a wider audience, and it is administered by the Miami University Libraries to help ensure its long-term preservation. Familiarize yourself by visiting the Scholarly Commons at http://sc.lib.miamioh.edu, and then browse the F.A.Q. at http://sc.lib.miamioh.edu/FAQ.html. The Scholarly Commons is open to any Miami University faculty member, student, department, lab, research unit, or staff member. Submission is easy, and the Scholarly Commons accepts many different kinds of files. Anyone with access to the Internet and a web browser can search, view, and download items from the Scholarly Commons.
 

If you're an undergraduate student, talk with your professors about sponsoring your work!
Undergraduate work submitted to the Scholarly Commons requires a faculty sponsor. The sponsor should be the professor who is most familiar with the work you would like to submit and who can vouch for its originality and quality. Your professors will be happy to help you get your work out there, and the process is easy. So ask a professor today! Your work will help increase Miami University’s visibility, prestige, and public value. Even better, it will help you by providing a place where you can showcase your work!
 

Understand why institutional repositories such as the Scholarly Commons are important!
View a 3 ½ minute video about institutional repositories on YouTube to better understand how institutional repositories work and why they’re important. This short video is from James Neal at Columbia University, and the same concepts apply to Miami’s Scholarly Commons. Just go to http://youtu.be/Ang4XnG3n6Q.

 

Follow the conversations on Twitter!
Follow @miamiuoa, @miamiulibraries, @R2RC, and @SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access and institutional repositories. #oaweek

 
Image credit: 2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 19 © Nic McPhee. Used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license. 

It's Open Access Week!

Today marks the start of Open Access Week! Libraries around the world will spend this week celebrating open access principles, and Miami's libraries are no exception. Just a few things on tap this week include:

  • Free "Ask me about Open Access" buttons available at service desks throughout the libraries.
  • A display in the foyer of King Library that answers, "What are all these locks for?"
  • A free webcast of the SPARC/WorldBank panel discussion, "Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress, and Pitfalls" in King 114 on Monday, 10/22/12, from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
  • A free Digital Humanities Symposium on Tuesday, 10/23/12, from 3:00pm - 6:30pm in King 320 (see http://libguides.lib.muohio.edu/digital-humanities )
  • A free presentation, "How Open Scholarship is Changing Research," by William Gunn, Ph.D. and Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley. 4:30pm-5:30pm on Thursday, 10/25/12, in McGuffey 322 (see http://staff.lib.muohio.edu/~revellaa/gunn.html )

For information about these events and links to other open access resources, please go to http://staff.lib.muohio.edu/~revellaa/2012oa.html.

Happy Open Access Week!

Publishing is transforming. Are you?

We know the Internet is transforming music publishing, newspaper publishing, and scholarly journal publishing. The Internet gives us an environment where it's easy to share knowledge. It gives us a platform where we can let our ideas loose, disseminate our work more quickly, and get feedback from others quickly. As a scholar, you want to share your work; you want people to access it, and you want others to acknowledge it.

So did you know that the publication agreement you sign when you submit to a journal actually prevents broad dissemination of your work? In traditional publication agreements all rights – including copyright to your own work – go to the journal. These agreements may prevent you from using sections of your article in later works, distributing it among your colleagues, uploading it to a repository, or even using your own work in course packs.

Managing your copyright and protecting your rights as an author is one of the most effective ways to ensure access to your work. The Author Addendum is a widely recognized tool that allows you to keep key rights to your articles while still transferring necessary rights to the journal publisher.

Value the copyright in your intellectual property! To read more about the Author Addendum and how it can work for you, download the PDF at http://sc.lib.muohio.edu/author_rights.pdf. You can also request a hardcopy of the Author Rights brochure by emailing Jen Waller at jenwaller@muohio.edu.

Online trial of The International Studies Encyclopedia

Through December 31, 2010 Miami University students, faculty, and staff have access to a trial version of The International Studies Encyclopedia (use the proxied link here if you're off campus). Access the encyclopedia's content through the "Table of Contents" link on the left side of the page.

Published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA), this resource provides instant access to the most up-to-date resources in international studies. The encyclopedia allows full access to 400+ fully-searchable peer reviewed essays, links to archives, datasets, cases, pedagogical aids, a live discussion forum, and other relevant materials.

Between now and December 31 I would greatly appreciate any feedback you have about this resource. I’m looking for informal evaluations, although reasons why it works well (or doesn’t work well) are most useful. Please send feedback about The International Studies Encyclopedia to Jen Waller, International Studies Librarian, at jenwaller@muohio.edu.