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Share your research

Sharing your research, whether locally or internationally, requires you to make decision regarding your work. Consult with your subject specialist librarian to learn more. 

The publication process - videos

Guide to publishing with Cell Press. Are you looking to submit an article for publication for the first time? These videos provide an excellent introduction to the submission process. From the website: "Watch four Cell Press editors answer questions from three early career scientists about preparing, submitting and publishing an article in a Cell Press journal." Videos include discussions on preparing a manuscript submission, what happens after the initial submission, the decision process, and what happens after manuscript acceptance.

ACS: Publishing your research 101. The American Chemical Society produced videos that give an overview of the publishing process including "How to write a paper to communicate your research," "writing your cover letter," "Selecting peers to suggest as reviewers," "Ethical considerations for authors and reviewers," "The review process for authors and reviewers," and "Open access and ACS AuthorChoice."

Understanding copyright

  • Learn more about using copyrighted works in teaching, research, and scholarship. Despite complexities of U.S. copyright law and international laws, students and faculty must determine if materials they want to use are under copyright and if so, if their intended use could be protected by fair use. Because copyright law is interpretive, this website does not offer definitive or legal answers, but Scholarly Commons experts are available to help students and faculty talk through these issues.
  • It is imperative in your role as an instructor and researcher that you have an understanding of fair use. Copyright law includes a variety of limitations and exceptions that govern the ways that copyrighted material may be used. The exception most people have heard about is fair use. Below are brief descriptions and links to some of the limitations and exceptions set out in copyright law. Check out the Fair use checklist
  • The Open Access movement allows you to make your research freely accessible for anyone to read, distribute, reproduce, print, or search on the internet. 
  • Learn more about how to assign a Creative Commons license to your work as well as how you can use Creative Commons licensed work. Creative Commons licenses are agreements that allow copyright holders to modify the copyrights for their works. Creative Commons licenses specifically address four aspects of use: attribution, the manner of sharing allowed, creation of derivative works, the commercial use.
  • What are your rights as an authorAs the original author of a work, you hold the copyright to that work. The decision to reproduce, alter, or distribute the work is entirely in your hands. However, you can sign these rights away to publishing companies if you are not careful.
  • As an instructor, copyright law determines how you can and cannot use copyrighted materials in the classroom and online. Learn more about the TEACH Act, course reserves course packs, and University of Illinois policy. Section 110 of copyright law is an exception that addresses classroom use of copyrighted material. This section makes it legal to use materials for teaching if:
    • The class is face-to-face and located in a classroom or similar educational setting (see the TEACH Act for distance education settings)
    • The school is a non-profit institution
    • The school legally owns a copy of the material being shared
    • The information is necessary to the course
  • Stay up-to-date on the ever-changing landscape of copyright concerns by monitoring the news and social media outlets. 

Scholarly communication Issues

  • Author's Rights: The University of Illinois Library's Author Rights campaign seeks to help scholars take control of their work and their careers by becoming more informed about trends in scholarly publishing.
  • IDEALS: Illinois Digital Environment for Access to learning and Scholarship: Deposit your work into the University of Illinois' institutional repository so that you can share your work with colleagues and the world. 
  • Journal Impact Factors: Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" published in a given scholarly journal has been cited in a particular year or period and is often used to measure or describe the importance of a particular journal to its field. The Thomson-Reuters (formerly Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)) ranks, evaluates, and compares journals within subject categories and publishes the results in Journal Citation Reports
  • AltmetricsAltmetrics, or “alternative metrics,” are an emerging field of new methods for measuring the use and importance of scholarly articles, particularly in the sciences.

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