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Scholarly Publishing Toolkit

Scholarly communication support for authors and researchers, with information on Open Access and evaluating publishers.

Featured Tools

UT Libraries posts brief presentations on SlideShare. Topics include ORCiD, Trace, and other publishing tools and resources. Below is one such presentation. Check out others on SlideShare.

Publishing Tools

Licenses & Publishing Agreements

Creative Commons licenses gives authors and creators control to choose which rights are important to them and which they do not wish to reserve; you can say "some rights reserved" instead of "all rights reserved" and give the public more permissions to your work than is typical under copyright.


From the same group of lawyers, professors, and advocates that brought us Creative Commons, the Science Commons gives scholars a variety of addenda to add to a publication agreement in order to help authors retain more of their rights.

Literature Reviews

Author Identifiers

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit organization.  Authors who register (a free process) are assigned an author number, a persistent digital identifier, that distinguishes them from other authors and can be added to publications and grants.  ORCID also gives authors a profile page on which to list their publications and projects.  ORCID is supported by a membership model, with members including research institutions, universities, funding agencies, publishers, and professional societies. In January 2016, librarians recommend ORCID as a replacement to the SelectedWorks Author Gallery at UT Libraries.


In a single article with 10+ authors, how can you tell who did what? That's a problem CRediT will solve, and researchers will be asked to help. The Contributor Role Taxonomy (CRediT for short) is being implemented by many publishers and other organizations, and gives institutions additional data for alternative metrics.The journal Nature has information about the taxonomy. The journal Neuron (Cell Press/Elsevier) implemented the taxonomy for two articles in a 2015 issue. And, BioMed Central with GigaScience gives authors the option to claim a "contributorship" badge based on CRediT. You can see how the taxonomy is used in this open access article:

Author Contributions: Conceptualization: I.-C.L., M.O., M.C., and K.D.H.; Methodology: I.-C.L., M.O., M.C., and K.D.H.; Software: I.-C.L.; Formal Analysis: I.-C.L., M.O., M.C., and K.D.H.; Investigation: I.-C.L. and M.O.; Resources: M.C.; Writing – Original Draft: I.-C.L., M.O., M.C., and K.D.H.; Writing – Reviewing & Editing: I.-C.L., M.O., M.C., and K.D.H.; Visualization: I.-C.L.; Supervision: M.C. and K.D.H.; Project Administration: M.C. and K.D.H.; Funding Acquisition: M.C. and K.D.H.

Publishing Options

The University of Tennessee Libraries and the Office of Research and Engagement co-sponsor the campus Open Publishing Support Fund.  If you're looking for funds to help make your research open access, and if both you and the journal that accepted your work meet stated guidelines, you can apply today.


PeerJ is an innovative open access publisher, founded by Peter Binfield and supported in part by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media.  As institutional members via UT's Pendergrass Ag-Vet Med Library, UT authors can become lifetime members, which allows you to publish one article annually in PeerJ open access at no cost, so long as authors submit one question, comment, or peer review every 12 months.

Archiving Research

Trace (Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange) is UT's online institutional archive/repository.  If your publishing agreement allows it, you can deposit a copy of your articles (as well as other publications, presentations, and data sets) into our open institutional repository.


Want to deposit a copy of your article in a subject or disciplinary repository?  Talk to your subject librarian to find relevant repositories, or search for open access repositories using The Directory of Open Access Repositories, OpenDOAR.