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University of Connecticut University Libraries

Scholarly Communication: Local Response

The University of Connecticut Response

What Can Faculty Do?

Faculty can influence the current climate in both the short-term and the long-term. In the short-term, faculty can learn what the highest priced journals are, and find alternative places to publish, review, and/or serve as editor.

  • Contact editors and publishers and tell them why research will not be submitted to their publications.
  • Seek out alternative places to publish research - journals and repositories where research is more affordable or entirely free.
  • Regardless of the journal you publish in, you can adopt manuscript contract language which allows you to retain some copyright privileges and so make your research available to those who cannot afford the journals (an ever-increasing number of institutions and researchers).
  • Long-term, you can work within your institutions to establish institutional archives/repositories of your research, such as eScholarship at the University of California or the DSpace project at MIT.
  • You can establish new journals with the help of SPARC, to compete with the high priced titles in your field, and work with your professional societies to do the same.
  • Within your institutions, faculty can work to change the tenure system to reduce the emphasis on publishing in exorbitant, unsustainable, commercial journals.

    A more complete list of actions which faculty can take is available here.

What Can Librarians Do?

Although ultimately the answer will depend largely on faculty and researchers, librarians have already made an impact in several ways, and continue to do so.

  • Educating faculty and researchers is the most fundamental and important task before us
  • Supporting current alternative publishing projects will help establish long-term viable competition to the worst offenders in the crisis
  • Supporting our local repository which is interoperable could be the long-term goal for all higher education institutions
  • Understanding the implications of the licensing of electronic resources and using licenses to our advantage is crucial

    Hints from ACRL: the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit and Transforming Libraries - Issue 10: Educating Faculty on Scholarly Communication Issues (ARL Publication, September 1999)