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Research and Scholarship

A guide to resources for faculty on scholarly publishing.

Sharing your work

Touro Scholar is the institutional repository of the Touro College & University System. It collects and preserves the scholarly works of affiliated authors, promotes open access to these materials, and offers robust usage statistics including altmetrics. All content is fully discoverable with search engines such as Google Search, and is indexed via Google Scholar. 

Contact Timothy Valente, or email touro.scholar@touro.edu, to learn more about contributing to Touro Scholar, and review the About Page and FAQ sections of the website 

Readership Map for Touro Scholar

Why Should I Deposit to Touro Scholar?

•Will make your work more accessible to the wider public (good for you and Touro)
•Studies are showing that accessible articles get cited more
•Persistent URLs, so materials are always where they were
•Wider range of materials covered, not just journal articles
•Statistics for readership
•Presents scholarship to grantmakers, prospective students, and other important entities
 
(First 5 From SPARC, Digital repositories offer many practical benefits. Retrieved from http://www.sparc.arl.org/resource/greaterreach/benefits)

Touro Scholar vs. ResearchGate and Academia.edu

If you've been posting your work on ResearchGate or Academia.edu, you may wonder why it would be worth it to also put your work in Touro Scholar. Here are some of the reasons:

•These are both social networks, not repositories ("Facebook for researchers")
•Their primary purpose is to connect like-minded researchers, not preserve research
•Do not actually permit extracting information into an IR in their terms of service
•Independent for-profits that can close down at any time, and are under no obligation to warn their users
•If either site faces any legal claims arising from things users upload to the site, it is the user’s financial responsibility
•Will use your address book and Facebook contacts if you let them
(From the Office of Scholarly Communication, University of California, A social networking site is not an open access repository. Retrieved from http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2015/12/a-social-networking-site-is-not-an-open-access-repository/)

As an example of what you might be giving away when using such services, this is an excerpt from Academia.edu's terms (checked 3/21/2016):

"By making any Member Content available through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicenseable, perpetual, royalty-free license to reproduce, modify for formatting purposes, prepare derivative works based upon, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute, and otherwise use your Member Content in connection with operating and providing the Services and Content to you and to other Members. Academia.edu does not claim any ownership rights in any Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any Member Content."

We encourage you to post materials to Touro Scholar, which does have preservation of your work in mind. In addition, we double-check all copyright clearance, so you don't have to worry that you're violating publishers' policies! Posting to Touro Scholar will make sure that your work is in one place, and thus will allow you to keep track of who's viewing your research.

 
(Some material excerpted from http://libguides.udayton.edu/ecommons/othermedia)

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