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Scholarly publishing and research support

Sandy De Groote, the University Library’s scholarly communication librarian, offers online or face-to-face consultations or customized group workshops that can help you save valuable time and avoid frustration when navigating the complex world of scholarly publishing.

“With the onset of online publishing, it seems like there are new journals popping up every day. Sandy’s ‘Demystifying Scholarly Publishing’ workshop helps faculty identify credible venues for publication. This workshop is really helpful as it allows faculty to avoid entanglement with undesirable and poorly managed journals.” 

– Luisa DiPietro, D.D.S., Ph.D., UIC College of Dentistry

Sandy can help you:

  • Understand copyright and fair use for instruction in the classroom Learn about appropriate image use and how to avoid common copyright infringement mistakes when posting instruction materials in Blackboard.
  • Discover who is citing you and your h-index – Learn more about what the number of citations and h-index reveal about a scholar’s impact.
  • Explore data management planning and organizing data for sharing or re-use – NIH and other government agencies require researchers to share their data as a condition for funding. Learn how to create a data management plan before you apply for a grant.
  • Learn about open access publishing options and UIC’s open access fund – Reach the widest audience possible and meet grant funding requirements without paying the hybrid open access fee. Researchers without grant funding are eligible to apply for the ROAAP fund.
  • Acquire an ORCID digital identifier so others can find your work more easily – Do you have a common last name and want to ensure you get credit for your work? Learn how easy it is to get your own ORCID.
  • Assess journals’ reputations and quality and avoid predatory publishers – Applying for tenure? Get tips on how to select the best open access and traditional journals and how to recognize when you are being solicited by a predatory publisher.

Learn more about scholarly publishing.

Visit the Library website for a list of upcoming workshops.


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