In observance of Thanksgiving, the Graduate Center Library will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The library will re-open Saturday, November 28.
If you need library help on those days, […]
Jill Cirasella edited the blog post Why You Should Ditch Academia.edu and Use CUNY Academic Works in the group Open Access Publishing Network @ CUNY (OaPN @ CUNY): 1 week, 5 days ago
As most readers of this blog know, CUNY recently launched Academic Works, an open access repository that is the ideal way for CUNY scholars to make articles, book chapters, data, etc. available to their research communities and the broader public.
Why should you care about Academic Works? Let’s start with three key reasons:
1) Academic Works is the perfect place to satisfy grant funders’ open access and open data requirements. If you want more grants in the future, you need to learn how to comply with funders’ requirements for openness!
2) Academia.edu and ResearchGate.net are seriously suboptimal. First, they’re commercial sites. (Yep, despite its URL, which it never should have gotten, Academia.edu is not connected to any educational institution.) And commercial ventures might disappear at any time (taking your papers offline too), whereas Academic Works is designed to last for the long term, longer than commercial sites and longer than personal websites. They’re also much more likely to be smacked with (and blindly comply with) take-down notices from publishers. And, as commercial entities, they exist to make money. How do they do that? By forcing users to log in to see documents, tracking their actions, and selling that data. If you’re uncomfortable with how Facebook commodifies your information, you should be uncomfortable with Academia.edu and ResearchGate too!
3) Academic Works significantly boosts your visibility and impact. If your work is in Academic Works, it’s much more likely to be found and read. (Academic Works is designed to play well with Google and Google Scholar.) And, as a result, it’s much more likely to be linked to on Twitter, blogs, and news sites, and also more likely to be cited in future research. Yes: study after study has shown that journal articles that are freely available online are cited more by other journal articles. Academic Works also sends authors monthly download reports with detailed information about how much your work has been downloaded, in what countries, and by which institutions.
Curious whether you’re allowed to upload an article you published in a journal? Search SHERPA/RoMEO to find out what that journal allows.
Couldn’t make any of our workshops on Academic Works? Flip through the slideshow, read the handout, or visit our guide with step-by-step upload instructions. Or contact the Academic Works administrator at your campus for more information!.
[caption id="attachment_1353" align="aligncenter" width="575"] CUNY Academic Works has an Author Dashboard that shows you how much your works have been downloaded and from where![/caption]
Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, Why You Should Ditch Academia.edu and Use CUNY Academic Works, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 3 weeks, 3 days ago
CUNY recently launched Academic Works, an open access repository that is the ideal way for you to make articles, book chapters, data, etc. available to your research community and the broader public.
Why should […]
Jill Cirasella started the topic Two Schol Comm Events @ GC This Week, and One at NYPL in the forums LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable 4 weeks ago , Open Access Publishing Network @ CUNY (OaPN @ CUNY), Digital Humanities Initiative, and Digital Dissertations
These three events might be of interest to anyone hoping to write a book or grappling with scholarly communication questions in general!
1) Tues, Nov 3, 6-8pm @ NYPL: Write to Be Read: Publication & Rights Management Strategies for Maximizing Impact
Authors Alliance co-founder Pamela Samuelson and Executive Director Michael Wolfe will discuss authorship law and author rights, including:
– Best terms for publication contracts
– How and when open access benefits authors
– What to do about out-of-print titles
– Resources for authors self-managing rights
Learn more and RSVP at: http://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2015/10/23/book-contract-authors-alliance-nypl-nov-3rd/
2) Wed, Nov 4, 2-4pm @ GC: Preparing, Pitching, and Proposing Your First Book Project
A mix of nuts-and-bolts and strategy, this talk by Michael J. McGandy, Senior Editor at Cornell University Press, will address the initial steps first-time book authors should take as they develop a book project, research presses, and contact editors. There will be a substantial question and answer period.
Learn more and RSVP at: http://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2015/10/31/mcgandy/
3) Thu, Nov 5, 3-5pm @ GC: What is Trending in Scholarly Publishing?
What is new in the economics, institutional politics, technology, and philosophy of academic publishing? This talk by Michael J. McGandy, Senior Editor at Cornell University Press, will address trends in digital publishing, open access, and popular publishing, and relate those trends to how book authors should think about their work, their readerships, and their careers.
Learn more and RSVP at: http://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2015/10/31/mcgandy/
Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, Nov 4 & 5: Scholarly Publishing Events with Cornell Univ Press Senior Editor, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 1 month ago
Wondering how to make that almost finished dissertation into a viable book project? Thinking about how trends in academic publishing might affect your scholarly career? This week, Michael J. McGandy, Senior […]
Jill Cirasella edited the blog post Springer Also Losing Some OA Sparkle in the group Open Access Publishing Network @ CUNY (OaPN @ CUNY): 1 month ago
We looked last week at how Emerald (perhaps inspired by the problematic new RCUK open access policy) changed its self-archiving policies, becoming a less sparkling green OA publisher. Alas, Springer also recently changed its self-archiving for the worse (from the perspective of authors and readers), dulling its OA sparkle as a result.
Springer’s new policy says that authors may make the post-refereed versions of their articles available immediately on their personal websites but must wait a year before making them available in repositories. This embargo is nothing new with respect to subject repositories — Springer’s previous policy required a year-long embargo for subject repositories. But it is new for institutional repositories — Springer used to allow articles to appear immediately there. This change to a year-long embargo for institutional repositories makes self-archiving harder and more confusing and thus less likely to be attempted. So that’s bad. And in addition to being a bad change, it’s arguably a nonsensical change.
Consider institutional repositories on the Digital Commons platform. There’s a Digital Commons add-on called SelectedWorks that creates personal homepages for repository contributors. Are they personal webpages? Yes. Are they part of an institutional repository? Yes. So there goes that distinction.
Even for institutional repositories on other platforms, the distinction isn’t so clear. OK, sure, the institutional repository and personal homepages are probably on different servers. But the institutional repository is in some ways just an extension of those homepages, a place that the homepages link to. The School of Electronics and Computer Science of the University of Southampton wisely chose to be explicit about the continuousness of these spaces in its open access policy:
3v. Copyright agreements may state that eprints can be archived on your personal homepage. As far as publishers are concerned, the EPrint Archive is a part of the Department’s infrastructure for your personal homepage.
In short, just like Emerald, Springer wants us to believe that two things are mutually exclusive and incompatible, even though they aren’t. Emerald wants us to believe that voluntary and mandated self-archiving are mutually exclusive, which is obviously untrue. (After all, it’s people who support and practice self-archiving who passed all the mandatory self-archiving policies at universities around the world!) And Springer wants us to believe that personal websites and institutional repositories are mutually exclusive. That might initially sound like a reasonable distinction, but it’s confused. And, of course, confusing.
Jill Cirasella started the topic Upcoming library workshops about sharing your research (i.e., going open access) in the forums Digital Humanities Initiative 1 month, 1 week ago , Open Education at CUNY – Forum, Internet Research Team, CUNY Technology Group, and CUNY Open Education Resources (OER)
This week, October 19-25, is International Open Access Week, an annual opportunity for students, faculty, and other researchers to learn about open access (OA) to scholarly literature, find out how to make their works OA, and help make OA the new norm in scholarship and research. (Learn more about OA.)
During Open Access Week, you might hear about open access from many sources – your scholarly society, your favorite journals (even most subscription-based journals allow authors to make their own articles OA!), or your colleagues on Twitter (take a look at the #openaccess, #opendata, and/or #oaweek hashtags).
Once Open Access Week has whetted your appetite for OA (or even if Open Access Week passes you by), join the Graduate Center Library for workshops addressing two key aspects of OA: Does my publisher allow me to share my work (i.e., make it OA)? And if so, how and where am I allowed to share it?
Find out the answers to these and other questions at the following library workshops, each offered twice — click the links to learn more and RSVP:
Can’t make it? Questions? Get in touch!
Jill Cirasella edited the blog post It’s Open Access Week! Nay, Open Access Month! What Now? in the group Open Access Publishing Network @ CUNY (OaPN @ CUNY): 1 month, 1 week ago
(This post is a slight reworking of a post from the Graduate Center Library blog.)
This week, October 19-25, is International Open Access Week, an annual opportunity for students, faculty, and other researchers to learn about open access (OA) to scholarly literature, find out how to make their works OA, and help make OA the new norm in scholarship and research. (Read more about Open Access Week and about OA in general.)
Of course, CUNY is a very big place, and we like to think big. So here at CUNY, it’s not just Open Access Week but Open Access Month: Numerous CUNY librarians are making a point to promote understanding, acceptance, and adoption of OA alllll monnnnnth looooong. (Actually, we’re always happy to talk about OA — any day, any week, any month, any year!)
During Open Access Week/Month, you might hear about open access from many sources:
From your scholarly society: For example, both the Modern Language Association and Society for Cultural Anthropology embrace OA in word and action.
From prominent journals in your field: Philosopher’s Imprint, eLife, and PLOS Medicine are just a few top-tier journals that are OA, and most subscription-based journals allow authors to make their own articles OA.
From friends or colleagues on Twitter: See what’s being tweeted with the #openaccess, #opendata, and #oaweek hashtags. And be sure to follow @CUNYWorks to find out about fascinating OA works created by CUNY researchers and shared on CUNY Academic Works.
Once Open Access Week/Month has whetted your appetite for OA, join the Graduate Center Library for workshops addressing two key aspects of OA: Does my publisher allow me to share my work (i.e., make it OA)? And if so, how and where am I allowed to share it?
Find out the answers to these and other questions at the following workshops, each offered twice — click the links to learn more and RSVP (non-GC folks are welcome to attend too!):
Who Owns Your Journal Article: You or the Publisher?
Academic Works Upload-a-Thon
And it’s not just the Graduate Center Library that’s offering workshops! See the calendar of CUNY events for Open Access Month and its aftermath (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the calendar) and avail yourself of an event on your campus or a campus that’s convenient for you!
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Graphic is adapted from this image, © Dimitar Poposki, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.[/caption]
Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, Upcoming Workshops about Sharing Your Work (i.e., Going Open Access), on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Next week, October 19-25, is International Open Access Week, an annual opportunity for students, faculty, and other researchers to learn about open access (OA) to scholarly literature, find out how to make their w […]
In observance of Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day, the Graduate Center Library will be closed Monday, October 12.
If you need library help on that day, please use the chat tool on the library website. Ch […]
You may already know about Academic Works, CUNY’s new open access institutional repository. (You can browse the whole site or go straight to the GC section.) It collects and provides public access to the scho […]
Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, GC Library Welcomes Steve Zweibel, Data & Digital Projects Librarian, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 3 months ago
The Graduate Center Library is delighted to introduce Steve Zweibel, our new Data & Digital Projects Librarian (itself a new position here). Steve comes to us from a visiting lectureship at Hunter College, […]
We are thrilled to welcome new students to the Graduate Center Library, which, as Chief Librarian Polly Thistlethwaite puts it, is “small but mighty” — and to welcome back returning students. To help everyone get […]
In observance of Independence Day, the Graduate Center Library will be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 3, 4, and 5). Regular summer hours will resume on Monday, July 6. If you need library […]
Jill Cirasella edited the blog post You Know What You Write, But Do You Know Your Rights? in the group Open Access Publishing Network @ CUNY (OaPN @ CUNY): 6 months ago
You are invited to an event in the Information Interventions @ CUNY series:
You Know What You Write, But Do You Know Your Rights?
Understanding and Protecting Your Rights As an Author
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When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it? Different journals have different policies:
Some journals require you to relinquish your copyright. (You then have to ask permission or even pay to share your article with students and colleagues!)
Some journals allow you to retain some rights (e.g., the right to post online).
Some journals leave copyright in your hands. (You simply give the journal a non-exclusive license to publish the article.)
How can you find out a journal’s policy? How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, researcher, and author? Come learn how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create.
And what about articles you’ve already published? What did you sign when you were publishing them? Bring agreements you signed in the past, and we’ll examine what you agreed to, as well as what options you have now for altering the terms.
Friday, March 28, 2014
2pm – 4pm
Graduate Center, Room C197 (Concourse Level)
Space is limited! Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/cunyrights
There is one more Information Interventions @ CUNY coming up this year: Stay tuned for a panel about the controversy surrounding dissertations and open access!
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