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Scholarly Communications Minute

Brief monthly updates for faculty on current scholarly communication topics.

April, 2019

Discover your colleagues’ scholarly publications!

Would you like to know how to collaborate with your UR colleagues on similar areas of research interest? The UR Scholarship Repository is a good place to discover published faculty research. Over 300 faculty are represented in the repository, the digital archive of faculty and student scholarship. Connect to UR Scholarship and search by keyword or browse by author, school, department or subjects. For further information on UR Scholarship, contact Lucretia McCulley, Head, Scholarly Communications at Boatwright Library.

February, 2019

Lever Press: Open Access Scholarship for the Liberal Arts

Are you aware of Lever Press? This new open-access publisher for digital scholarship is led by 54 liberal arts colleges, along with Amherst College Press and the University of Michigan Library. It aims to “push existing boundaries” in digital scholarship and wants to “lead the way in establishing best practices for born-digital, peer-reviewed, open-access monograph publishing.” With financial support from 54 liberal arts libraries in the shape of five-year pledges, Lever plans to make books available at no cost to the reader, and neither academics nor their institutions will incur any charges. As a press aligned with the ethos and mission of liberal arts colleges, it seeks transformative scholarship that spurs creative dialogue within and between traditional fields of inquiry, emphasizes disciplinary innovation, draws upon new models of collaborative research, and strives to reach the broadest audience possible. Read more at Lever Press.

January, 2018

Faculty Workshop: Authors’ Rights: Use the Law, Share Your Scholarship, Change the World

On Tuesday, January 29, Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy at the University of Virginia Libraries, will return to UR to provide two workshops on faculty authors' rights. A 2008 graduate of the UVA School of Law, Butler is an expert on intellectual property, copyright, and rights management for scholarly materials. 

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the basic rights that copyright gives to authors, how those rights are typically treated in publication agreements, and opportunities and strategies for using your rights to promote a more sustainable scholarly ecosystem. We will discuss concrete advice for navigating the publishing world as we find it, along with more abstract questions about the future of sharing scholarship. Bring your questions, concerns, and even your own troublesome publishing agreements.

For your convenience, two workshops are scheduled, one from 12 noon – 1:15 p.m. in the Wilton Center Conference Room and one from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Boatwright Library.  Lunch will be provided by the Provost’s Office at the 12 noon workshop and snacks and drinks will be provided at the afternoon session.  Please register by 12 noon on Friday, January 25.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 12 noon – 1:15 p.m., Wilton Center Conference Room

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Seminar Room 1, Boatwright Library

December, 2018

Your Rights to Your Published Work

Do you have questions about book publication contracts? The Authors Alliance, a nonprofit academic organization that promotes authorship for the public good by supporting authors who write to be read, has completed a very helpful new guide, Understanding and Negotiating Book Publication Contracts. This guide is designed to make it easier for authors to understand and negotiate their book publication contracts and to manage the rights necessary to make their works broadly available now and in the future.

On Tuesday, January 29, the University of Richmond welcomes back Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy at the University of Virginia. A 2008 graduate of UVA Law School, Brandon is an expert on intellectual property, copyright, and rights management for scholarly materials. Butler will provide two workshops on authors’ rights for UR faculty, so please stay alert for more details and registration in early January.

October, 2018

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Film Screening and Discussion

You are invited to screen and discuss the new documentary, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship on Friday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Adams Auditorium, Boatwright Library. The film focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

The screening will take place in Adams Auditorium, Boatwright Library. A light lunch will be served, provided by the Provost’s Office. If you plan to eat lunch, please REGISTER by Wed., Oct. 24. To register, link to

September, 2018

PlumX Metrics Now Available on UR Scholarship

In addition to receiving your monthly readership report from the UR Scholarship repository, please note that PlumX Metrics is now available for many of your publications. This service provides insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment. These metrics are divided into five categories to help make sense of the huge amounts of data involved and to enable further analysis. Categories include usage, captures, mentions, social media and citations. See Dr. Sandra Joireman’s example at:

For further information on UR Scholarship, see:

Questions? Contact Lucretia McCulley, Head of Scholarly Communications, Boatwright Library