NEW PUBLISHING MODELS
The advent of web-based publishing, combined with dissatisfaction with the existing scholarly communication system, has led to the development of new publishing models.
Open Access Journal Publishing
The aim of open access journal publishing is making high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly content available free on the web. Find out more about open access...
The Library supports several open access initiatives by providing institutional memberships.
- UIC is a Supporter's level member of BioMed Central, which gives UIC faculty a 15% discount on the article processing charge when publising in a BioMed Central journal. Dr. Neil Smalheiser of the UIC Psychiatric Institute is Editor-in-Chief of the BMC Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration.
- UIC is a Promoting member of Public Library of Science, which gives UIC faculty a 30% discount on publishing charges.
- UIC is a Full Member of SPARC. SPARC works to create "a more competitive and diverse marketplace for scholarly communication through support of high-quality, economical alternatives to high-priced journals."
The Library also supports open access publishing initiatives by acting as a publisher for:
Digital Repositories / Author Self-Archiving
Repositories are intended to complement, rather then replace, other forms of publication. They can contain preprints, postprints, and various forms of "gray literature" (conference papers, datasets, etc.). Thus one may often publish in a standard, high-impact journal, and yet also place the article or some form of it in a freely available public archive. Typically, digital repositories are set up and maintained by an institution like a university for its scholarly community, although disciplinary repositories (like arXiv.org, for the physics, mathematics, computer science and quantitative biology communities) also exist. The National Institutes of Health has created a repository for all NIH-sponsored research as well. The primary goals of institutional repositories are:
- Increased access to research: Material placed in repositories is freely available to anyone with a web connection, and can be discovered with search engines like Google. Thus, placing your work in a repository greatly increases its potential exposure and impact.
- Long-term preservation: Implicit in the concept of an institutional repository is a commitment to long-term preservation and storage. The repository is intended as a permanent, stable home for works of scholarship.
INDIGO, the digital repository for the University of Illinois at Chicago, is an online collection of the research and scholarship of faculty, students, and staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago. INDIGO includes research papers, published papers, preprints, conference papers, presentations, and posters, video and sound recording, and other digital material.
More about Indigo
To find out more about institutional repositories, see Clifford Lynch's Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age. See also SelfArchive.org for a discussion of WHY you should consider depositing your work in a repository.
Last updated: Thursday, 17-Apr-2008 12:24:19 CDT