Publishing and Scholarly Communication
The Cost of Journals | Author's Rights | NIH Public Access Policy | Open Access Publishing | UIC Open Access Initiatives | Institutional Memberships | INDIGO | Journals@UIC | Workshops & Special Events
The cost of journals are increasingly outpacing library budgets and limiting access to research. Copyright is also an issue as scholars relinquish control of their own work by signing over intellectual property rights. Dissatisfaction with the existing scholarly communication system has led to the development of new publishing models, including open access and digital repositories.
Preserve Rights to Your Own Work
Do not automatically sign the publisher's "Copyright Transfer Agreement." Use the Addendum To Publication Agreements For CIC Authors (.doc) when you submit a publication to a publisher.
Comply with the NIH Open Access Policy
The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. Researchers are required to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. The policy requires that these articles be publicly accessible in order to advance science and improve human health.
Publish in Open Access Journals and Books
"Open-access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder." —Peter Suber
UIC Library supports open access journal publishing by providing an online journal publishing server called Journals@UIC.
UIC Library also supports UIC authors publishing in open access journals via institutional memberships which provide publishing discounts for authors.
Contribute Your Work to UIC's Scholarly Digital Repository
INDIGO, UIC's scholarly digital repository is an online collection of the research and scholarship of faculty, students, and staff at UIC.