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Faculty Support: Scholarly Communication


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About these pages

These pages link to tools commonly needed during the publication process.  Many of these resources focus on the scientific disciplines but some of these tools are useful to researchers in other disciplines.  Faculty will also find some of these tools useful as they develop promotion and tenure reports.

Scholarly Publishing:

Author Rights

Know Your Rights

Knowing your rights as an author of a scholarly article is an important and often overlooked first step in publishing process.  To learn about publishers' use policies after publication use this source:

Keep Your Rights

Publishers often require you to sign an agreement that transfers copyright from your work to them and limits your ability to use, share, and distribute your work.

Predatory Publishers

A predatory publisher is a publisher who produces low quality academic journals.  These journals are rarely peer-reviewed, and often charge the author a publication fee.  The publisher works hard to dupe authors into publishing by emulating well-known publishers, lying about their credentials, and soliciting submissions with spam emails.  Learn how to evaluate and identify predatory publishers using the criteria below:

  • Little or no peer review
  • Fake ISSN
  • Editors with no or fake credentials
  • No editors listed at all
  • False indexing claims in Web of Science, Directory of Open Access Journals, etc.
  • Rapid acceptance (within 2 weeks)
  • Call for papers email, a pre-acceptance email, and other "scammy" email
  • Empty or dead links
  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Fake Impact Factor
    • Impact Factor can only be assigned by one company, Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters and Institute for Scientific Information).  An easy way to check is by searching the Impact Factor in InCites Journal Citations Report.

Self Archiving Your Scholarly Works

Self archiving is depositing scholarly articles, conference papers, book chapters, etc. into an institutional or subject repository.  Authors should check their copyright transfer statements to ensure they are permitted to self archive and to learn the version of the article that can be posted.