Upcoming Scholarly Communication & Publishing Events

Join us for these events in May!

Digital Safety Pop Up Event 

May 2, 11:00-2:00, HUB

In honor of Privacy Week, the Libraries will hold a Digital Safety Pop Up event in the HUB.  Stop by for tips on removing yourself from data broker lists, set up your own secure password using the Diceware method, learn about password managers and more!

Nuts and Bolts of Scholarly Publishing Workshops

Do you want to learn more about publishing your scholarly work? Join us in early May for two linked workshops that will take you through the process of publishing an article in an academic journal, from selecting an appropriate publication venue to interpreting a publishing contract. Anyone with an interest in scholarly publishing is welcome to attend one or both of these hands-on pilot workshops:

Evaluating Academic Journals: Thursday, May 3, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons Green A

You want to get your research published, but how do you decide where to submit your work? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to assess a  journal’s quality and its fit for your research profile, while weighing issues of access and impact. Participants will get the chance to try out tools for finding and evaluating academic journals.

Contracts and Copyright: Wednesday, May 9, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons Green A

Ready to publish but not sure about that long agreement the journal publisher asked you to sign? This workshop will review the key parts of a publishing contract, explaining what terms mean and their potential impact on your future research and teaching. In addition to examining sample agreements, we’ll introduce tools and suggest negotiation strategies you can use to protect your rights.

These workshops are open to students, staff and faculty at all levels. Advance registration is greatly appreciated!


What “Going Public” Means to Me

Going Public: Connecting Research & Community” is scheduled for this Saturday, April 7th.  If you haven’t registered yet, do so soon as there are less than 10 slots remaining!  As part of our registration process, we’ve asked participants to share “what does “going public” mean to you?”  For this blog post, we thought it might be fun to look at some of the responses we’ve received from across a variety of disciplines.  The following Voyant illustration shows the connections of some of the most popular terms mentioned in our submissions.

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Here is a sampling of what you said:

  • Reaching out to communities to understand their needs and how we can do better work.
  • “Going public” suggests that issues must be brought into the public light.  Rather than passively making things “open,” there is a need for active revealing and designing spaces for public involvement.
  • Producing science that the public can relate to, evaluate, make decisions with, and, most of all, trust.
  • “Going public” constitutes a commitment to the use of research as a more inclusive knowledge-production process—a move which exposes how power is implicated within the practices, paradigms and processes of knowledge-production while simultaneously troubling the very asymmetries it inadvertently uncovers.
  • Involving and connecting the community, doing research that is impactful–not just to get publications.
  • Making research that transcends the ivory tower
  • Inclusivity!
  • Bidirectional communication and collaboration.  From the community perspective: “Nothing about us without us.”
  • Connecting teaching to pressing community needs
  • Having community members as an integral part of [a] research team
  • “Going public” to me means including community members as “producers of knowledge” alongside researchers

We look forward to exploring these ideas further through the workshops and our keynote panel on Saturday!  Follow the conversation on Twitter at #GoPublicUW


Join your UW colleagues and librarians for Going Public: Connecting Research and Community on Saturday, April 7 from 9am to 1pm at the Allen Library Research Commons.  This symposium will help you to expand your research beyond the academy regardless of your discipline.  Learn how community members can be your allies, colleagues, and cheerleaders.   Our experienced presenters and workshop leaders will help you to engage the public by:

Telling your compelling research story.

Collaborating with passionate citizens.

Finding your public voice.

Measuring your impact.

And more!

Register online today!  See you on Saturday, April 7!


There are licenses behind much of what we accomplish or use each day.  Mobile phones, social media platforms, and streaming media services all come with license agreements.  While the documents may be wordy, their concept is simple: a license is permission to do something we normally would not be allowed to do.  For example, licenses allow us to legally drive a car, go fishing, practice law, or use proprietary software.  License is an old word and an old concept.  It derives from the Latin licentia, which means freedom or licentiousness.

In the context of intellectual property, a license is permission to use someone else’s creation, such as an invention or music.  A license agreement may specify a limited duration, allowed uses, and a required fee.  In addition, a license may be exclusive or non-exclusive.

Leases go further, as they allow lessees to reap benefits of someone else’s property.  For example, leases may allow drilling for resources beneath the surface of the Earth or developing the sky overhead.


The Fair Access to Science and Technology Act, better known as FASTR, would require some federally funded research to be available to the public.  Specifically, FASTR applies to nonclassified research by government agencies and departments with annual extramural research expenditures of over $100 million.  Here’s how it works:

Upon publication, publishers would be the exclusive distributors of applicable peer-reviewed articles for a specified embargo period.  Following the embargo period, the research must be housed in a repository that provides public access and long-term preservation.  The embargo periods are different in the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Government mandates for public access to federally funded research are not new.  In the US, a 2013 policy memo directed some federal agencies to make plans to share their research publicly.  In 2014, a federal appropriations act had similar mandates.  This is the third Congress in which FASTR has been introduced.  FASTR’s predecessor, the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), was also introduced in three sessions of Congress beginning in 2006 but never became law.

Opponents of FASTR include the Association of American Publishers (AAP).  While the organization agrees with the premise of public access to taxpayer-funded research, it wants more flexible embargo periods than FASTR allows, and it argues that existing mandates serve the bill’s aims.

More information about FASTR is available through the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, better known as SPARC.

How I Work Open: Nicole Baker

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Nicole Baker
Research Scientist, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science
Photo credit: Berett Wilber/KUCB

How would you describe your research?

I currently work as a research scientist in a fisheries lab, where I support data collection efforts for a variety of questions about global fisheries. I did my Master’s thesis in Puerto Rico on the status of the conch fishery there. Conch is eaten by a lot of people in the Caribbean, so it’s important to do periodic underwater surveys of things like conch size and number to get a sense of how well the population is doing.

What kind of open work do you do?

I’m an ambassador for MarXiv, which is a free online research repository for the ocean and marine-climate sciences. In that role I give workshops that detail the problems and challenges that the current for-profit publishing system presents, and explain how Marxiv is a resource for addressing those challenges. Continue reading

Reputable Journals and Publishers

Researchers regularly receive invitations to submit their manuscripts to journals they’ve never heard of.  Publication opportunities have proliferated as journals have become more specialized and new information technologies – coupled with low marginal costs of online distribution – have lowered the barriers to entry to the academic journal publishing market.  Many of these new entrants are open access and many of them are reputable. But not all of them.

I want to draw your attention to a couple of new resources useful for identifying the characteristics of reputable journals.

  • Our colleagues in the UW Health Sciences Library have prepared an excellent and brief guide to help authors identify the characteristics of reputable journals. Check out Identifying Reputable Journals.
  • The 3rd version of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing was released this month. A collaborative product of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the shared Principles of Transparency help clarify what these organizations consider to be hallmarks of reputable scholarly publishers.
  • The UW Libraries can also help answer questions about specific journals for UW authors. You can find contact information for the Subject Librarian assigned to your department here.  Or send a message to the Libraries” Ask Us

How I Work Open: Ben Marwick

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Ben Marwick
Associate Professor
Photo credit: John Pai

How would you describe your research?

I do Paleolithic archaeology, mainly in Southeast Asia.  This includes looking at the movement of modern humans into that area and how they contribute to populations further down the line. I’m also interested in how they’ve adapted to environmental problems – for example, human behavioral ecology and how they’ve used technology to adapt to changes in the landscape.

What kind of open work do you do?

While part of my archeology work consists of traditional activities like excavation, fieldwork, and surveying, another is part is computer-based. Much of my effort is focused on making the computational work done in the lab open and transparent, because in the field what we’re doing is automatically open. Anyone can come by and see what we’re doing. But in the lab, it’s much harder to engage the public and colleagues in that work.

So I focus my efforts in three areas. The first is in sharing the data – things like measurements we collect with instruments, or observations we make. The second area is making my code and methods open. For me, it’s always possible to have open code, because I’m not going to patent, or copyright anything. But open data is not always something I can achieve. I was just working with an Aboriginal community who asked me not to share the data I gathered. It contained the locations of a bunch of archaeological sites, and they were concerned that those sites would be vulnerable to theft. It would have been unethical to violate the agreement I have with the community and say I don’t care about their concerns. But I make my data open whenever possible. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Justin Marlowe

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Justin Marlowe
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Civic Engagement for the 21st Century Endowed Professorship

Spotlight on: Open Textbook Publishing

What kind of open work do you do?
Sharon Kioko and I wrote the first open textbook in the field of public administration, which has been well-received so far. The textbook is based on lecture notes we have written and have been developing for a couple of years.  We’ve sent a final version of the text to Ingram for hard copy distribution, because some students still want hard copies of a traditional textbook. We anticipate the material to stay current for about a year and a half. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Sarah Nelson

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Sarah Nelson
PhD Student
Public Health Genomics

Spotlight on: Public Scholarship

What kind of open work do you do?
I wear two hats–one as a graduate student in the public health genomics program and one as a staff scientist in biostatistics department. My dissertation focuses on the use of genetic information.  As a scientist, I do data analysis and look at ethical and policy issues in research. Continue reading