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What is ScholarlyCommons: Repository?

ScholarlyCommons: Repository is an institutional repository for the scholarly output of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. It promotes dissemination of their work, and preserves it in a freely-accessible, long-term archive. It also provides links to electronic full texts of Penn dissertations, made available from ProQuest.

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What is an institutional repository?

An institutional repository (IR) is an online digital archive of papers and other materials deposited by schools, departments, and other units in order to preserve and promote the intellectual output of an academic institution and its faculty.

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What is SelectedWorks and how is it different from my personal page on my departmental website?

Selected Works tools allow you to easily manage your work, upload new documents, generate readership reports, and send mailings. SelectedWorks papers will almost certainly rank higher in Google and other search results.

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How can I sign up for sessions on SelectedWorks?

You will be able to look for sessions at our workshops page.

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How can I sign up for sessions on copyright?

You will be able to find sessions at our workshops page.

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What is fair use?

The answer to that question can be found in our Copyright Guide.

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How do I obtain permission to use copyrighted material for teaching or research purposes?

Often, it is easier to get permission from the publisher when the author contacts the editor they worked with during the publication process. If you need assistance with permission, contact repository@upenn.edu.

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What is an author's copyright addendum?

An author's copyright addendum provides for an author's "retention of rights" in negotiating with a publisher. An example can be found at Science Commons.

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What is open access?

Open access removes the barriers that exist between the publishers and the intended audience. Open access makes your material available to all.

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Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact Shawn Martin, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at 215 573-4207 or email repository@upenn.edu. More contact info for Shawn Martin is available at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/consulting.html.

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How do I find out more information on the NIH Public Access Policy?

You can find more information about the NIH Public Access Policy, including how to comply athttp://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/nihmandate.html.

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Where can I learn more about the economics of scholarly publishing and the increasing rise in the cost of information?

A summary explaining the cost of acquiring scholarly information for libraries and universities is available at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/costs.html.

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How Do I Increase the Visibility of My Research?

You can learn more about retaining your rights, depositing in an online archive, and publishing in open access journals at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/access.html.

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How Do I Advocate for Policies to Increase the Impact of My Research?

There are several ideas on how you can encourage your department and scholarly society to promote your scholarship at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/participate.html.

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How Do I Retain My Copyright?

More information about how to retain your copyright is available at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/addenda.html.

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Are There Other Websites to Help Learn More?

You can find links to other websites at at http://www.library.upenn.edu/scholcomm/linkspage.html.

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What Is Penn's Policy on Open Access?

The University of Pennsylvania Faculty Open-Access Statement of Principles for Scholarly Articles is available at http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n03/openaccess.html.

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