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15% discount when publishing with BioMed Central

The library is now a Supporter Member with BioMed Central. UNMC faculty, staff, and students can now reap all the benefits of publishing a research article in an open access journal and receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. This is true regardless of the number of papers you publish.

When submitting a manuscript, either via a journal home page or via http://www.biomedcentral.com/manuscript/, you will be identified as belonging to UNMC and automatically granted a 15% discount on article processing charges if you are accessing the pages while on the UNMC campus. If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim this discount by stating your affiliation to UNMC.

BioMed Central publishes over 100 online journals, across the whole spectrum of biology and medicine. For a full list, please go to http://www.biomedcentral.com/browse/journals/

When you submit your research to any of our journals, it will receive rigorous and rapid peer review.  If your article is accepted:

  • It will be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection – open access means no subscriptions or ‘pay-per-view’ charges for original research articles.
  • It is more likely to be cited, as it will be freely available to the entire global biological and medical community
  • It will be listed in PubMed within days of publication
  • You retain the copyright of your work
  • You will be able to view your article’s access statistics, which average over 200 downloads per month per article
  • Your articles will be securely and permanently archived in PubMed Central

New resources added to library collection

At the end of each fiscal year, we sometimes have some extra money that we can spend on the collection. This year, we had a small amount that we could use for a few purchases.

New journal subscription: Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice

The Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, a quarterly journal that provides innovative ideas for interprofessional educators and practitioners through peer-reviewed articles and reports. Each issue examines current issues and trends in interprofessional healthcare topics, offering progressive solutions to the challenges facing the profession. The Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (JIEP) is affiliated with University of Nebraska Medical Center and the official journal of National Academies of Practice (NAP) and supports its mission to serve the public and the health profession by advancing education, policy, practice & research.

New membership: BioMed Central

The library recently became a supporter member of BioMed Central. With this membership, any UNMC author who publishes in a BioMed Central journal will receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. BioMed Central publishes over 100 open access journal across the whole spectrum of biology and medicine. Articles submitted to these journals receive rigorous and rapid peer review and authors retain the copyright of their work. More information will be released on this blog soon.

Archival rights: SpringerProtocols

We recently purchased the complete SpringerProtocols archive. In addition, each year we renew our subscription we will automatically receive archival rights to that year. Making a one-time purchase of the archive and switching to an archival rights model allows for more stability in our collection. SpringerProtocols is an online database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the biomedical and life sciences. Compiling protocols from the book series Methods in Molecular Biology and other sources, SpringerProtocols offers researchers access to nearly thirty years of tested, trusted, step-by-step protocols for immediate use in the lab. With an emphasis on comprehensiveness and clarity, each protocol is organized in an easily reproducible recipe style.

Get more visibility for your conference posters

You’ve presented a poster at a conference. Around the world, others have found your abstract and would like to view the poster, but unfortunately it may not be available. Now is your chance to increase the visibility of your work and share it worldwide. The library can host your poster in UNMC’s institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UNMC. The repository is indexed in Google and Google Scholar, making your work easy to find. Additionally, you will receive monthly usage reports and can obtain more in-depth metrics in the Author Dashboard.

What if I plan on writing an article based on the poster? Posters are generally not perceived as prior publication, though embargoes are available within our system.

Does the conference have copyright over my poster? Most conferences do not require a copyright transfer. The poster remains under your copyright. However, some conferences may hold the right of first publication and thus the poster cannot be deposited in the repository. The library can help you investigate these issues.

To learn more about submitting your poster, please email us at digitalcommons@unmc.edu.

Copyright questions? We’ve got some answers

Copyright issues often arise in the education setting and with the production of scholarly work. Copyright is often a gray area, but we have the answers to some of your most common questions. Visit the library’s Copyright FAQ. You an also contact Heather Brown at hlbrown@unmc.edu with any of your copyright questions.

Want to learn the basics? Watch this fun and engaging video:

Retaining your author rights

Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community. In the past, this required print publication. Today you have other options, like online archiving, but the publication agreement you’ll likely encounter will actually prevent broad distribution of your work.

According to the traditional publication agreement, all rights, including copyright, go to the journal. You probably want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you had the choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement. If you sign on the publisher’s dotted line, is there any way to retain these critical rights?

Transferring copyright doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The law allows you to transfer copyright while holding back rights for yourself and others. An author amendment was approved by the University of Nebraska Medical Center Faculty Senate April 2010.  All authors of the University of Nebraska are welcome to attach this amendment to their publisher agreements or copyright transfer.  It is not a requirement, but a recommendation for authors to retain key rights.  The prime purpose of the amendment is to help authors who are uncomfortable negotiating contract terms with publishers. Because the amendment is merely a proposed contract modification, a publisher may accept or reject it. You may negotiate for all or any one of the rights.

Scrutinize the Publication Agreement

  • Read the publication agreement with great care. Publishers’ agreements (often titled “Copyright Transfer Agreement”) have traditionally been used to transfer copyright or key use rights from author to publisher. They are written by publishers and may capture more of your rights than are necessary to publish the work. Ensuring the agreement is balanced and has a clear statement of your rights is up to you.
  • Publishing agreements are negotiable. Publishers require only your permission to publish an article, not a wholesale transfer of copyright. Hold onto rights to make use of the work in ways that serve your needs and that promote education and research activities.
  • Value the copyright in your intellectual property. A journal article is often the culmination of years of study, research, and hard work. The more the article is read and cited, the greater its value. But if you give away control in the copyright agreement, you may limit its use. Before transferring ownership of your intellectual output, understand the consequences and options.

What if the publisher rejects the author amendment?

  • Explain to the publisher why it is important for you to retain these rights in your own work.
  • Ask the publisher to articulate why the license rights provided under the UNMC Author Amendment are insufficient to allow publication.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of the publisher’s response in light of the reasonable and growing need for authors to retain certain key rights to their works.
  • Consider publishing with an organization that will facilitate the widest dissemination of their authors’ works, to help them fulfill their personal and professional goals as scholars.

How to use the UNMC Author Amendment

  1. Print out, sign and date the Author Amendment. The corresponding author can sign on behalf of all authors.
  2. Staple the Author Amendment to the publisher’s agreement or copyright transfer form.
  3. Write “Subject to attached amendment” below your signature on the publisher’s copyright transfer or publication agreement form. This phrase along with your signature serves to inform the publisher that you accept the publisher’s agreement only if the publisher accepts the attached Author Amendment.
  4. Make copies of all the forms for your records.

 

Adapted from Author Rights: using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as an author of a journal article.