Q: What is DigitalCommons@Fairfield?
A: DigitalCommons@Fairfield, an institutional repository service of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, offers open access to the collected scholarship and creative works of Fairfield University faculty, students and staff.
Q: What is Open Access?
A: Journal publishing that is "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions"
What does this mean to you?:
Q: Why contribute to DigitalCommons@Fairfield?
A:DigitalCommons@Fairfield makes the scholarship of Fairfield University easily available in one location online, enabling increased access to colleagues (both at Fairfield and beyond), students and the greater internet community. Works placed in the repository are more easily discovered in common internet search engines as well as other academic search portals. This greater access makes it easier for researchers around the world to discover your work.
In addition, because a permanent URL is established, researches can cite these works without the normal concerns regarding content online disappearing or moving. DigitalCommons@Fairfield is a valuable way to extend the scholarly output of Fairfield University to include greater reach and increased circulation not only in Connecticut, but throughout the country and beyond. This increased visibility, awareness, and stability benefits both content creators and Fairfield University as well.
• Increased visibility: DigitalCommons@Fairfield opens up the accessibility of your content increasing its discoverability and usability by making it available through common online search tools allowing the author to gain wider distribution of their scholarly output.
• Permanence: DigitalCommons@Fairfield provides a stable URL to your publications so your research will always be findable.
• E-Publishing: DigitalCommons@Fairfield facilitates creation of electronic journals, newsletters and conferences.
• Grant requirements: Submitting your works to DigitalCommons@Fairfield can help meet the criterion of some grants with data-sharing aspects. An example is those funded by the NIH.
Q: Who can contribute to DigitalCommons@Fairfield?
A: Upon initial launch of DigitalCommons@Fairfield, priority is being given to faculty publications. However, individuals affiliated with any Fairfield University school, department, center, program, or other campus unit can contribute content in the near future. Other groups that do not fall under this definition will be considered by the Advisory Board on a case-by-case basis.
Q: What materials can I contribute to DigitalCommons@Fairfield?
A: DigitalCommons@Fairfield plans to achieve very broad collection development goals for our digital collections. However as noted above, upon initial launch, content and contributors will be prioritized.
Appropriate content may be added following the guidelines below:
- If your work contains images, music, data sets, or other accompanying material that is not original work created by you, you must include permission from the original content provider or those items will not be included in the IR submission.
- If your work includes interviews, you must include a statement that you have permission from the interviewee(s) to make their interviews public.
Q: What if my material is not in a digital format?
A: Upon initial launch, priority is being given to materials that are in digital format. If you have a work or research that is not in a digital format and needs to be digitized please contact the DigitalCommons@Fairfield Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I post files that are related to the primary work?
A: Yes, you may submit any digital material that is related to your article/research as an associated file. This is an advantage of a digital environment over traditional publishing. However, please note that if specific software is required to view the associated files, DigitalCommons@Fairfield does not provide that software. The associated files maybe submitted to the Project Coordinator at email@example.com.
Q: What is SelectedWorks?
A: SelectedWorks is a research announcement tool to maximize the readership and impact of your work.
Q: Why do SelectedWorks?
A: A SelectedWorks site offers tools that allow you to easily manage your work, generate readership reports, and send mailings. It will also rank higher than a personal website in Google and other search engine results because sites are aggregated with all bepress content.
Q: How do I sign up for SelectedWorks?
A: SelectedWorks pages are available to Fairfield University faculty members who contribute content to DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Library staff will create your Selected Works page.
To Sign Up:
NOTE: It is very important to have all permissible content first loaded into DigitalCommons@Fairfield to avoid technical and access issues. Thank you for your cooperation. Your questions are welcomed via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What is E-journal publishing through DigitalCommons@Fairfield?
A: The DigitalCommons@Fairfield E-journal functionality provides the opportunity for any department, school or group on campus to publish an E-journal.
Advantages of this include:
Q: What problems does E-journals publishing solve?
A: The DigitalCommons@Fairfield e-journal functionality replaces many issues found in traditional publishing models including:
Q: How do I start an E-journal?
A: If you are interested in starting an e-journal for your department, school, organization, etc., please contact DigitalCommons@Fairfield at email@example.com.
Q: What are my rights as an author?
This information adapted from SPARC.
Q: What if the Publisher Rejects the Author Addendum or Creative Commons License?
This information taken from SPARC.
Q: How is copyright involved in all of this?
Adapted from the University of Connecticut's Copyright Guidelines.
Author With Copyright:
Any author publishing work in DigitalCommons@Fairfield must either be the copyright owner for the work or have the permission of the copyright holder to publish it in the Repository.
If the author retains copyright for their submission, no further efforts are required, and they may proceed to the submission process.
Author Without Copyright:
If the author does not maintain copyright, he/she still may be able to submit material to the repository. Many publishers will allow placement in an institutional repository of articles published in their journals or books as a form of "self archiving" in pre-print or post-print form. SHERPA-RoMEO provides information by publisher on what kind of self-archiving activity is allowed for articles in their journals, and one can search for a particular journal and its policies here. If after consulting these sources and/or the publisher, an author is unable to determine whether they retain the right to post their material in the repository, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Preserve Self Archiving Rights:
Remeber, authors can always preserve basic self archiving rights when negotiating copyright issues in book and journal contracts. The DiMenna-Nyselius Library endorses the SPARC Author Addendum which contains language that allows for the posting of published documents in an institutional repository, and which can be attached to any publisher’s publication agreement. We encourage authors to use this form or otherwise protect their rights when submitting documents to a publisher.