Scholarly Communication: Local Response
The University of Connecticut Response
- Open Access Author Fund (2012)
- Signatory to the Hathi Trust Fund (2011)
- Signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and the Humanities (2011)
- Formation of the Cross Campus Scholarly Communications Copyright Team formed – 2010
- UConn Scholarly Communication Events & Forums: 2008, 2004, 2003, 2001
- UConn Resolutions:
Graduate Faculty Council, Resolution on Author Rights and the Institutional Repository, March 19, 2008
University Senate Meeting, Feb. 9, 2004 (pdf) (see pages 6-7)
- UConn articles / publications / brochures
- Digital Commons @ UConn (Institutional Repository)
DigitalCommons@UConn is a digital repository of the intellectual output of the University of Connecticut's faculty, staff, and students. It can accommodate virtually any publication, presentation, or production in electronic format.
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.
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,