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Want Readers? ResearchGate vs the Institutional Repository

Here’s a question I get at least a few times every month—I should really start keeping count … it goes something like this: “But I already have a ResearchGate profile, what’s the advantage of keeping other sites about my work up-to-date?” (Sometimes it’s “Academia.edu,” but less and less often on my campus.) It’s a hard question to answer. In part because it assumes so much—that RG is the baseline, that other sites have the same functions, that the advantages are comparable. It’s also a difficult question to answer because it’s often not the real question.

Updated Feb 06, 2016 by Webmaster

IUPUI ScholarWorks: Chasing 30,000 Pageviews per Month

IUPUI ScholarWorks is an institutional repository. It's also a website ... which means that people come looking for our site with keyword searches, direct links, social media sharing and all the other awesome sauce that makes the Internet a busy place.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

How Many Repositories Do We Need?

Last month Kathleen Fitzpatrick announced the launch of a new open access repository for the humanities, CORE. I love repositories and I love open access; so, I'm happy to see it. As a new repository, CORE has the advantage of an existing collection of users, members of MLA Commons--an academic social network that hopes to grow into a larger network for the humanities. MLA Commons/CORE is not the first academic social network to enter the repository space, but it's the right direction for repository development. Even so, it's a reactionary development and it's about a decade too late.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

What's Hot on ScholarWorks: 2014-2015 Academic Year.

IUPUI students, staff and faculty submitted 1,595 items to IUPUI ScholarWorks during the 2014-2015 academic year. Not bad. We're excited to see the repository grow. I suspect that we'll surpass 6,000 items before the month of September ends.

During that year we also saw a 25% increase in unique visits and a 12% increase in page views--in fact, April 2015 was our busiest month of all time: 26, 880 page views.

We have a short list of "old stand bys" that drive a large portion of our web traffic, but (from time to time) I also like to look at recent submissions to see what's hot. These are new works that are attracting a lot of recent web traffic--while that's no guarantee that people will continue to search for these items, someone is looking for them now and we're glad that IUPUI ScholarWorks can make them discoverable.

Here's the list of the current top ten most viewed items submitted in the 2014-2015 academic year:

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

Be Heard: IUPUI Open Access Policy Information Sessions

IUPUI's Faculty Council is currently considering the adoption of a campus-wide, opt-out open access policy. I think that's great news! If you're reading this on a screen, you should think it's great news too. Why? Because this is IUPUI; we do great work here--really. In addition to the second largest medical school in the United States, the IUPUI campus includes a lot of scholars with a passion for civic participation and community engagement. Here's a chance for us to honor those values and to give access to IUPUI's research and scholarship to any reader on the Internet. The good news is that this can be done at no cost to authors and while respecting academic freedom. For the details, read the policy: http://ulib.iupui.edu/OA

If you're not familiar with the Harvard (2008) model open access policy, it's likely that you have some questions about how all this works. Such as: What about copyright? Will this hurt my favorite journal? Why not just use PubMed Central? (Tip: check the policy documentation--where the FAQs are succinctly answered.)

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

Greed, Fear & Snobbery: The STM Open Access Licenses

At the beginning of this month the International Association of Science, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) released a suite of model licenses "for a variety of uses within open access publishing." If that sounds like reinventing the widely used Creative Commons, don't be suckered; it's far worse. Rather than merely wasting our time and trying our patience with superfluous model licenses, STM is promoting licenses that decrease the "commons" and stifle "creative" opportunity. While STM insists that the model licenses will "be complementary to Creative Commons licenses," these "complements" are restrictive in nature. Furthermore, three of the five models are "Full" licenses; only two were written to supplement other licenses.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

Sex Sells, If You're Willing to Show A Lot of Skin

book coverTwo of IUPUI's savviest faculty authors, Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman, recently released their third book in a popular, myth-debunking consumer health series. The first two titles did well, but this one will be a big hit--sex sells:

Carroll, Aaron E., and Rachel C. Vreeman. Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

IUPUIScholarWorks Quarterly Report, April-June 2014

The second quarter of 2014 is behind us. It's time to tally up the submissions to IUPUIScholarWorks! While working furiously to upgrade our DSpace version (again, version 4 coming soon), we also uploaded a healthy collection of scholarly materials--now free to readers from around the world. Here's what's new for the second quarter of 2014:

Scholarly Articles: 185
Dissertations & Theses: 83
Posters, presentations & other gray literature: 59

That's 327 new items this quarter--bringing our year-to-date total up to 608 items.

Of the items submitted within the last 12 months, the following drew the most web traffic during this quarter:

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

We're Sexy and We Know It

In the most recent issue of C&RL News, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee provides a short overview of what's hot: "Top trends in academic libraries: a review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education." (I read the paper version, by the way--proving, perhaps, that even here in the Center for Digital Scholarship, some things do not get on my desk until they literally get on my desk.) Anyway, in case you're not a CR&L News reader, here are the seven trends:

Data
Device neutral digital services
Evolving openness in higher education
Student success
Competency-based learning
Altmetrics
Digital humanities

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian

Funds for Your Open Access Article Publishing Fees

Last Fall, September 2013, IUPUI launched an Open Access Publishing Fund. Faculty members that wish to publish an article in a trusted, fully open access journal, may apply to the Fund to support article processing fees. With the average article processing fee hovering at about $1,000, this is a great opportunity for IUPUI authors.

As of today, the Fund has encumbered or spent 30% of the available funds ($47,000) in supporting fees for ten articles.

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Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communication Librarian