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.

popular terms mentioned in survey of what going public means to you











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

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