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"We can't wait for the world to come to us; we must go to the world." Dr. Otto Gonzalez, 9/2016

At the 2016 International Programs Showcase Day, Dr. Otto Gonzalez, Director CIP, NIFA/USDA linked food security to land-grant universities engaging with the world.  USDA chief scientist Cathy Woteki has linked food security to open science (Buchanan p. 278)

"Publish where you want, and archive openly" supports researchers and the land-grant mission by making research accessible worldwide.  UT Libraries have the infrastructure and personnel in place to support open research.

How to find, evaluate, and fund publishing in an open access journal

Step 1:  Use the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material.

Step 2:  EVALUATE (don't skip this step!): Scholarly publishing is not immune ethical lapses, including those who seek to take advantage of the author pays model. See Think-Check-Submit to evaluate the journals on your short list.

FUNDING:  UTK has a support fund to help pay all or part of any article processing charges some open access journals charge "... provided that the journal is freely available at the time of initial publication with no embargo periods."  (Gold OA journals only).

PEERJ! For bioscience and computer science research, PeerJ, a 2-year old, affordable, high integrity and award-winning innovative journal deserves your attention.  Pendergrass Librarians are proud to have established an Institutional Plan with PeerJ in 2014.   PeerJ offers authors open peer review (optional), a preprint server, altmetrics, and more innovations.  All authors must be members of PeerJ.

NEED MORE BACKGROUND? OpenCon 2014  and OpenCon 2015 playlists provide helpful background and are a must-listen if you are an early career researcher or mentor.  OpenCon 2016 is 12-14 November, in Washington, D.C.

REACH OUT: your subject librarian for help choosing a journal, fielding unsolicited email from publishers, and other questons about research communication.

Making research data accessible: Support is Available

  • Data are an important part of scholarly research. 
  • The scholarly journal article is no longer the sole output of a research project. 
  • Open research is here: Lab Scribbles is just one example of a completely open approach to science
  • Providing access to research data enhances the transparency and reliability of research, and increasingly is required by funders.

SUPPORT for Research Data @UTK

Author Rights Retention Kit--Read the Copyright Transfer Statement and negotatie publishers to retain the rights you need

Use the  Author Rights Retention Kit to negotiate to retain more of your copyrights, if needed. 

  • Careful reading, consideration, and retention of the Copyright Transfer Agreement you enter into with a publisher should be part of the research workflow.  It is a legally binding contract.

  • The audience for your work is so much larger than you imagine! 
  • Retaining the right to preserve the publisher's pdf in the UTK TRACE archive and link to it from your ORCID page will make the work accessible to all who want to read and download it, and one reward for taking these simple steps that don't require much time is larger impact metrics for your work.

Why Publish Open Access? by Jorge Cham (2012)