Scholarly communication "is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use" (ACRL - Association of College & Research Libraries).
What You Can Do - Take Action (Overview of the Issues)
Learn About the Issues
The cost of journals are increasingly outpacing library budgets and limiting access to research. Copyright is also an issue as scholars relinquish control of their own work by signing over intellectual property rights. Dissatisfaction with the existing scholarly communication system has led to the development of new publishing models, including open access and digital repositories.
Publish in Open Access Journals and Books
"Open-access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder." —Peter Suber
Start Your Own Open Access Journal: Journals@UIC
UIC Library supports open access journal publishing by providing an online journal publishing server called Journals@UIC.
Contribute Your Work to UIC's Scholarly Digital Repository
INDIGO, UIC's scholarly digital repository is an online collection of the research and scholarship of faculty, students, and staff at UIC.
Preserve Rights to Your Own Work
Do not automatically sign the publisher's "Copyright Transfer Agreement." Use the Addendum To Publication Agreements For CIC Authors (.doc) when you submit a publication to a publisher.
Pass an Open Access Policy in Your College
Many institutions, such as MIT and Harvard, have passed open access policies. These policies do more to ensure that authors retain their rights, which increases the ability to desiminate the scholarship. Using the institutions' local instituional repository, the scholarship can be posted in an additional location from the publishers website, without the same propriatry restrictions of many publishers. The ensures the scholarship is stored, preserved, and made freely accessible. The University Library passed it own open access policy, November, 2011.
Comply with the NIH Open Access Policy
The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. Researchers are required to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. The policy requires that these articles be publicly accessible in order to advance science and improve human health.
UIC Library also supports UIC authors publishing in open access journals via institutional memberships which provide publishing discounts for authors.