About this Guide
This guide has been designed to help scholars and students understand the changing nature of scholarly communication and help them choose the best publishing option to maximize the impact of their research. It includes information about author rights; options for disseminating research, including digital and open-access publishing; and new publishing models such as subject repositories and institutional repositories. Below are brief explanations of the tabs in the guide.
You don't have to sign away your copyright to a publisher. Find out what rights you have and how to keep them.
Open access information is free to view, download and print. Find out how open access publishing can help maximize the impact of your research.
You can attach an addendum to your publisher's agreement indicating you wish to keep your rights. See your options.
Choose how you want others to use your work and CC will generate a license for you.
Find open access information in a particular discipline, and submit your own work.
Find out how showcasing the work of an institution's faculty, staff and students is good for researchers and good for the school.
NIH Public Access Policy
Any researcher receiving NIH funding must deposit her/his work in PubMed Central, making valuable scientific and medical information available to the public.
Not everything is in print; many publications are now digital-only.
Find out how you can join the movement for free access to information.
Find out how you can create change at your instituion.
News feeds are available on many tabs of this guide, and gathered all together on this tab.
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