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Guides to services and collections for students, staff and faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Support for UTIA from annviera at, UTIA Librarian, 865-974-7338

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You CAN Publish where you want...and archive openly to optimize impact

Increasingly the copyright transfer statements (CTAs) offered by paywall publishers allow authors to self-archive specific versions of manuscripts. 

To maximize impact:

  • Keep careful track of manuscript versions 
  • Act Upon Acceptance: deposit the version allowed by the publisher's CTA in the UTK TRACE archive and/or other digital archive of your choice.

Estimated cost to researchers: 20 minutes,  based on one test with researcher 2/6/2018:  20 minutes




Ten Simple Rules series from PLoS: 

"Written by PLoS Computational Biology Editor-in-Chief Philip E. Bourne, sometimes with collaborators, the "Ten Simple Rules" provide a quick, concentrated guide for mastering some of the professional challenges research scientists face in their careers.



  • Peter Murray-Rust podcast May 2018 UIUC
  • Heather Joseph at INKE 2018  "Open in order to..."


To all CVM graduate students and residents, their mentors and early career researchers: the preprint "The Benefits of Open Research: How Sharing Can Help Researchers Succeed" McKiernan, et al. July 2016" is a roadmap to the benefits of embracing the new rules and using the new tools for open research from a researcher's point of view. The new tools are open and inter operable, like ORCID

Open research fully supports the discovery mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine:  "To discover new knowledge and share it with the people of Tennessee and beyond"

A team of librarians are available to assist early career researchers and their mentors in acquiring an understanding of the new rules and tools with two goals:

  • researchers value their intellectual property portfolio and
  • understand how to openly share articles, code, data order to get the benefits of increased impact and visibility.

Open science researchers examples

  • Titus Brown, UCD College of Veterinary Medicine

Considering publishing in an open access journal with APCs or Article Processing Fees?

Once you've got a short list of journals, CLICK on "Is this publisher reputable?" TAB on this guide and/or Think Check Submit"

To be eligible for funds from the Open Publishing Support Fund, the journal must be listed in either of the two sources below to ensure that the publisher is transparent and adheres to best practices in scholarly publishing as defined by COPE.

Hybrid open access journals are NOT eligible for funding from the Open Publishing Support Fund.  Hybrid OA  journals make only selected articles open access for an additional fee.  Rationale:  hybrid OA journals double dip. 

  • Hybrid OA journals charge libraries and individuals subscription fees PLUS the open access option for an additional fee.  One problem with this approach from a library and individual subscriber point of view is that the publisher gains a lucrative new revenue stream without reducing subscription prices. 
  • With a few exceptions like PeerJ the subscription prices for libraries and individuals are not decreasing.  Subscription prices for libraries increase between 10-20% per year, 2-3 times the inflation seen in the health care sector.
  • An example: SPARC Europe has gone on record to support the hybrid model IF the publisher agrees to decrease subscriptions: 

Purpose:  support researchers who need to evaluate the credibility of messages from unfamiliar publishers.

Notable efforts to address the problem of invitations from unfamiliar publishers:


Use the Think-Check-Submit checklist, an international effort in 26 languages, to evaluate the credibility of a journal.


Also available:

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING THE CREDIBILITY OF AN UNFAMILIAR PUBLISHER: ( developed Ann Viera circa 2015 and enhanced by Caroline Zeglen in 2016)


You have never heard of the publisher or have no relationship with them. Publishers who exploit the author pays model increasingly  send out personalized solicitations that usually include a citation to a researcher's abstract presented at a conference along with an invitation to publish an article about the project in their journal. 


The journal is not listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.  Journals included in the DOAJ are transparent and credible; journals with the DOAJ Seal adhere to an exceptionally high level of publishing standards.  Click here to learn more about quality control for open access publishers listed in the DOAJ.


The publisher is not a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.  The OASPA promotes best practices and ethical standards for scholarly communication.


The publisher's website is poorly designed, difficult to navigate, or contains grammar or spelling errors.  Unprofessional or haphazard websites often indicate predatory publishers.  Difficulty finding the Article Processing Charge or (APC) to publish with the journal is another warning sign. The publishers' journals often have generic titles or titles that are confusingly similar to legitimate journal titles.


The publisher makes it difficult to understand its business model. 

It is crucial that authors and editors fully understand publishers' business models. 

How does the business model compare with an award winning, high integrity, innovative open access journal like PeerJ?  PeerJ puts authors at the center of its business model.  Does the unfamiliar journal--or the journals on your short list of places to publish-- have a preprint server, article level metrics, open peer review, and a Who We Are and What We Believe page? Do they have a transparent Reviewer Match system

PeerJ offers lifetime publishing plans that are affordable and that and allow authors to publish one article per year in PeerJ.  How does the PeerJ pricing plan compare with the publisher that has contacted you? 

Has your library entered into an institutional plan with the PeerJ? If so, the library can pay the APC to publish in PeerJ.






Follow these troubleshooting tips to access Libraries databases:

1) Make sure you are recognized as a UT affiliate:

2) Troubleshoot browser problems:

  • Clear your cache.
  • Try a different browser.
  • Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies and has Java enabled.

3) Troubleshoot firewall problems:

  • Determine whether your computer is protected by a firewall.
  • If so, use a Proxy Link to access Libraries databases: or

4) Report your problem using the online form.  Include in the form:

  • What were you searching for when access was denied?
  • Is this a problem with all databases, or a few?  If a few, which databases?
  • Did your problem occur on or off campus?
  • How were you searching?  UT Libraries OneSearch?  Google?
  • What links did you follow?  Include URLs when possible.
  • What error message did you see?
  • What type of browser are you using?  What is your browser version?  Have you refreshed the browser?
  • What type of device are you using?  PC or Mac?
  • What is the IP address when the access problem occurred?  Check your IP address here.
  • Do you have firewalls on your computer?
  • Is this a recurring problem?

For more information, visit the Off-Campus Users Guide.

Open textbooks call for proposals by Sept. 28

To find the right publishing partner, first educate yourself about copyright and "...what's out there in the publishing landscape".  (Laura Leichum, April 2015)

Start here:

Publishers and other resources*: 

*Listing publishers below is not an endorsement.  Some criteria for listing below; publishes in vet med or agriculture, innovative, open access. 


Publishers--UTK/veterinary medicine focus

Guides, why-to and how-to resources

Notice: The author of this page in not a lawyer and the information provided does not constitute legal advice.

Pivot@UTK: Funding Opportunities Database

Pivot is the gold standard for funding opportunities, according to Louise Nuttle/UTK ORE. Anyone at UTK is able to claim a Pivot profile to get funding opportunity alerts.  Pivot replaces Community of Science and is a service of the UTK Office of Research. 

Add your ORCID number to your profile to lower the barriers to participating fully in Pivot:

For Early Career Researchers:

Supporting policy with research:

For veterinary society members the scholarly society ECS has made open access part of the business model.  Called the ECS Free the Science Initiative, ECS also provides podcasts, blog posts, annual reports, case studies, and videos about it.   

Why this is relevant to veterinary societies: The ECS is similar to veterinary medicine in that it has a very large mandate and an even smaller community of practice.  The ECS is choosing to remain an independent publisher while making the change to open science with a membership of about 8,000.  

"Free the Science is a business-model changing initiative that will make our research freely available to all readers, while remaining free for authors to publish.  It is a new publishing standard for ECS, one of the last independent, nonprofit scientific society publishers. We already give authors the choice to publish their work as open access and plan to open access to the entire ECS Digital Library by 2024." (source: ECS Website).

"The Electrochemical Society is creating uninhibited availability of the science through open access and accelerating scientific discovery and innovation."

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