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The University of Illinois online archive for scholarly works. IDEALS (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship) collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of the University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students. U of I affiliates can deposit all types of research and scholarship directly into IDEALS: preprints, previously published material (if allowed by copyright), unpublished papers, peer-reviewed manuscripts, working papers, technical reports, presentations, data sets, and more. Send us your files, and we'll deposit your research into IDEALS for you! Most IDEALS content is freely available to all, in perpetuity.

U of Illinois NIH Public Access Mandate Support Site

Congress recently (Dec. 2007) mandated that all research papers supported by NIH funds will be made available through PubMed Central. The U of Illinois NIH Public Access Mandate Support Site offers local researchers assistance in fulfilling the requirement, including help in determining if they have the RIGHT to submit their paper, a simple step by step guide, local contacts for further information, and links to guidance from the NIH. We will even process the necessary files to PubMed Central for the researchers.

Support for New-Model Publishing Initiatives Reduces Author's Fees

The University Library maintains memberships in or subscriptions with several new-model publishing initiatives or journals so that our authors may publish in an Open Access mode at reduced rates. Currently these include BioMed Central (15% reduction), Nucleic Acids Research (50%), and PNAS (30%). We have recently (June, 2008) signed an Expression of Interest to support the new SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) initiative, supporting open access publishing in high energy physics.

Author Rights -- Managing YOUR Intellectual Property

Getting ready to publish? Don't sign the publisher's copyright transfer form without considering the rights you are giving away! Often you can modify the publisher's copyright agreement so that you retain the right to use and distribute your own work however you please! Read more.

You have other options, too. For example, you might publish in an openly accessible journal -- see the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for a list of these journals. Or you can deposit your work into IDEALS so it is widely available.

Periodically the Library offers a workshop on this topic, too: "Your Research Rights: Ownership Awareness to Maximize the Impact". Check for dates or download the PowerPoint presentation.

Using Copyrighted Works: Copyright Awareness in the Academic Environment

Are you planning to use some copyrighted material in your teaching or research? Although no one except a copyright attorney can give you legal advise, your use of the material may fall within the doctrine of "fair use". Determine for yourself whether this is so by taking the "Fair Use Test", available as the "Fair Use Analysis Tool" from Minnesota or, as "Rules of Thumb", from the University of Texas, or as the "Four Pillars of Determining Fair Use", from CreativeCow.Several universities have developed extensive materials on the use of copyrighted materials that you may find useful, too. In particular, take a look at the University of Minnesota's " Copyright Scenarios", and Stanford's Charts and Tools,

Periodically the Library offers a workshop on this topic, too: "Your Research Rights: Ownership Awareness to Maximize the Impact". Check for dates or download the PowerPoint presentation.

Research Alerts for Current Awareness

Keep on top of your research area by subscribing to email alerts (or RSS feeds) from one or more of our bibliographic databases. Frequent sources for such alerts are:

  • Social Science: Web of Science, ERIC, PsycInfo
  • Sciences: Web of Science, Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC, Biological Abstracts, Faculty of 1000, PubMed, CAB Abstracts...and more!
  • General topics: Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile

Instructions for setting up research alerts are available from the Education & Social Science Library and from the Biotechnology Information Center. Periodically a workshop "Tools to Stay Current in Your Research" is offered on this topic, too; check for dates.

Citation Management Support

Keep track of citations for books, articles, web sites, etc., and insert references effortlessly into Word documents by using programs such as RefWorks or EndNote.

RefWorks is web-based, and freely available to all U of I affiliates due to support from the Library and CITES. Login and give it a try! We have developed a one-page starter page, give workshops, and have extensive documentation on how to import citations into RefWorks from hundreds of citation databases.

EndNote is used by many researchers on campus to manage their citations. A web-based version (EndNote Web) is available through the Web of Knowledge, but most researchers pay for and load the client-version on their office computer. The Library maintains theUniversity of Illinois EndNote Support Information site that provides local connection files as well as local customization information for EndNote. The FAST3 training system offers EndNote training sessions to individuals, or groups may contact Katie Newman (Biotechnology Librarian) for training sessions.

Local Scholarly Communication Blog

Keep up to date on news related to scholarship that is of interest to those at the University of Illinois -- subscribe to email alerts or RSS feed from the Issues in Scholarly Communication blog.