Eight Good Reasons Why Emory Faculty Authors Should Use OpenEmory

The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week  (October 24–30) is Open in Action. As part of our contribution to this celebration, the Scholarly Communications Office (SCO) is posting weekly blogs that showcase the achievements, benefits, and power of Open Access at Emory. This week we’re highlighting OpenEmory, an open access digital repository of scholarly works by members of the Emory faculty community.

OpenEmory provides an opportunity for Emory faculty authors to disseminate their scholarly works as widely as possible through open access, making them freely available throughout the world. All Emory faculty members have the option to submit their works and here are a few good reasons why faculty authors may want to include their scholarship in OpenEmory:

  • Your scholarly work will be freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection from anywhere in the world, enabling wider dissemination of your work and reaching audiences you may not typically reach.
  • Your research will appear in web search engines such as Google and Google Scholar and be freely accessible to those who discover it.
  • Your scholarship may be cited more often because it is available to a broader audience, while bringing attention to potential collaborators.
  • You can take advantage of a usage statistics dashboard displaying hits and downloads for each work of scholarship deposited, enabling you to easily track the positive impact of your research.
  • Your deposited scholarship will be assigned a permanent URL and stored in a stable electronic archive maintained by the Emory library, ensuring that you can easily access your work in the future and that it will be preserved.
  • You may deposit a variety of works such as journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, posters, presentations, and reports in a range of file formats such as pdf, image files (jpg, tiff, png) and Microsoft Office Suite files (Powerpoint, Excel, Word Documents).
  • Your work will be searchable within OpenEmory, facilitating discovery of your work and the ability to discover the work of your colleagues, helping to build the scholarly community here at Emory.
  • You can share and promote your work via social media channels, and export individual document citations to citation management programs such as EndNote or Zotero.

Want to get started? Send us your current CV or a list of your published and forthcoming scholarly works to openemory [at] listserv [dot] cc [dot] emory [dot] edu. For each article listed on your CV, we will review the relevant publisher’s self-archiving policies to determine if it may be submitted to OpenEmory and if so, which version of the work may be deposited (final published version, author’s final manuscript, or original manuscript). According to SHERPA/RoMEO, 80% of publishers allow authors to self-archive some version of their article.

We look forward to hearing from you and Happy International Open Access Week!

Still have questions? Email the Scholarly Communications Office at scholcomm [at] listserv [dot] cc [dot] emory [dot] edu .