How to Make my Gated Work Freely Avaialable: Open Access Week at FSU

Every now and then my university does something unexpected that makes me happy.  Information about such almost never arrives via email, but hey, every now and then…

It turns out that something called DigiNole Commons exists and it is a publicly accessible repository where my FSU colleagues and I can upload our gated research and make it publicly available without violating copyright.  Said email is below.  I have a new task for my To Do list.  I encourage you to see whether your U has a similar repository.

Each year FSU Libraries celebrates Open Access Week, a chance for the academic community to learn about the potential benefits of making their research broadly accessible on the internet. This is one of many ways that scholarship is changing in a digital environment. 
 
This year for Open Access Week we are holding an “Upload-a-thon.” One way to achieve open access without changing any of your publishing habits is to deposit your already published scholarly articles in an open access repository, like DigiNole Commons (FSU’s institutional repository). This practice is already allowed by publishers and has proven potential to increase the impact of your work. 
 
We would like to see at least one faculty member from each department on campus deposit at least one article in the repository. Many of our peer institutions have similar repositories and we hope that by increasing the amount of high quality FSU research that is available online, your reputation as a scholar and FSU’s reputation as a preeminent university will grow exponentially. 
 
Would you consider uploading one article? We’ll take care of all the details, and all we’ll need from you is the commitment to provide the appropriate version of the article to us when requested. Or, if you’re ready to go for it, feel free to deposit an article yourself
 
To reiterate, this practice is already allowed by publishers, and can only increase the potential audience for your work. 
 
I look forward to hearing an enthusiastic “Yes!” from you! 
 
 
Questions can be directed to Micah Vandegrift, our Scholarly Communication Librarian (mvandegrift@fsu.edu). 

About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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