Issues in Scholarly Communication


Many copyright issues arise in higher education. Determining whether a work is still protected by copyright or whether a use of a copyrighted work without permission falls within fair use or some other copyright exception are common copyright questions that arise in teaching and publishing. We can help with these questions and more, including incorporating copyrighted works into online courses or dissertations, assessing whether a public performance license is needed, and selecting a Creative Commons license for your own copyrighted works.

Open Access

Open access is the principle that research should be readily available immediately after publication for anyone to read, download, or display without payment of subscription or other fees. We can guide authors through the available options for open access publishing of their own work or making copies of their research openly available through public web pages, the IR@UF or other repositories, including those mandated by law. We also provide guidance to researchers on how to locate and assess quality open access literature in their field of study.

Author’s Rights

Academic authors who do not retain their copyrights may not be able to post copies on their web sites or reuse their articles in other settings. Many publishing contracts ask authors to transfer their copyright, but it may be possible to negotiate this and other terms of the publication agreement. We can help you understand the terms of your publishing agreement and make suggestions of alternate language or assist in the selection of an appropriate author’s addendum to attach to the agreement so that you can retain more of your rights as author.

Research Impact

What is an impact factor, and what does it say about the reach and value of published research? And what about alternative methods of measuring impact beyond the traditional impact factor or other metric? We have resources available to help you understand and locate the various measurements of research impact and to organize and track your own impact as a researcher.