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Maximizing the Reach of Faculty Research is Topic of Oct. 22 Talk


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Open Access: Getting More Reach for Your Research
Program with Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
2 – 4 p.m.
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Library
Free and open to the public
Information:  Anne Gilliland,, (919) 843-3256

Faculty researchers can take steps to increase the distribution and use of their work well before it is ever published.

On Oct. 22, Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC, will discuss how routine decisions about publishing outlets, copyright transfers, and licensing options have long-term consequences. The free talk will take place in Wilson Library at 2 p.m.

The program is part of Open Access Week, a global event to promote the potential benefits of open access. Open access refers to mechanisms that make scholarly publications freely available to researchers and the public.

Joseph says that authors control the destiny of their work. Decisions made at the time of publication will affect nearly everything about the work’s reach and impact: how quickly and broadly it can be shared; how frequently colleagues read and cite it; how easily they can engage and build upon the work; and how readily it can be used in the classroom for teaching and learning.

Joseph will explain how publishing in open access journals gives authors the best opportunity to maximize, track, and analyze these outcomes.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an international alliance of research and academic libraries seeking to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Joseph has served as executive director since 2005. She also convenes the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, which works to ensure that results of publicly funded research are openly accessible to the public. Prior to coming to SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publisher in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations.

The UNC Libraries Scholarly Communication Committee is sponsoring the program.

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