Eight Good Reasons Why Emory Faculty Authors Should Use OpenEmory

Note: This post originally published on this blog on October 6, 2016 . It has been updated to reflect new information.

The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week  (October 22–28) is Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge. In celebration, 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, making them freely available throughout the world. In this way, OpenEmory provides a foundation for making access to the scholarly output of faculty available to all.

Here are a few good reasons why Emory faculty authors may want to include their scholarly works in OpenEmory:

  • Your works 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 works will appear in web search engines such as Google and Google Scholar, ensuring broad discovery of your work.
  • Your works 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, enabling you to easily track the impact of your research.
  • Your works will be assigned a permanent URL and stored in a stable electronic archive maintained by the Emory library, ensuring that it will be preserved.
  • You may deposit a variety of works such as journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, posters, presentations, and, working papers in a range of file formats such as pdf, image files (jpg, tiff, png) and Microsoft Office Suite files (Powerpoint, Excel, Word Documents).
  • Your works 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 works 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 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!


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