Category Archives: Scholarly Communications Forum

Copyright & Fair Use – New Resources

Copyright and Plagiarism covers Using Other People’s Copyrighted Work and Managing Your Own Copyrighted Work.

CMU’s succinct updated Fair Use Policy (April 2013) recommends balancing fair use factors ‘in the light of purposes of copyright’ and describes academic best practices for fair use.


It’s here: Open Access Week 2012!

The University Libraries invite you to participate in Open Access Week 2012, an international celebration of the movement to provide free online access to research and scholarship.  Ten years ago the Budapest Open Access Initiative launched a worldwide campaign for open access (OA) to all new peer-reviewed research.  Today OA is well-established and growing in every discipline. The benefits of OA have been proven.  The feasibility of OA has been demonstrated.  Recommendations for moving ahead have been articulated.  It’s time to set the default to open.

OA is strategic for Carnegie Mellon, affirmed by Faculty Senate resolutions in 2007 and 2008.  The University Libraries advocate for open access and, in collaboration with the Office of Government Relations, lobby for legislation in support of open access.  The Libraries provide an open-access repository and publishing platform called Research Showcase.  CMU faculty and students can deposit journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, theses and dissertations with confidence that the Libraries will preserve the material and maintain open access to it.  Faculty and students can also use Research Showcase to manage journals and conferences, from paper submission and peer review to publication and preservation.

To celebrate Open Access Week 2012, the University Libraries will have tables in Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Atrium, and the University Center, 11 am-2 pm, October 22 (Monday) and October 25 (Thursday).  Come play Non-Trivial Pursuit or Name the Researcher and win a prize.  Come talk to a librarian about issues and developments in scholarly communication.  Get answers to your questions.  And above all, celebrate Open Access Week 2012!

Scholarly Publishers: Scholars or Crooks?

Featuring CMU panelists Robert Pego (Mathematical Sciences) and Jeremy Avigad (Philosophy & Mathematical Sciences). Moderated by Denise Troll Covey.

Wednesday, April 18
4-4:30 / light refreshments
4:30-6 pm / panel discussion
Steinberg Auditorium
A53 Baker Hall

forum flyer

Open Access E Journals: View from the Top

VIDEO: Open Access E Journals: View from the Top (10/24/2011)

Stephen Fienberg (Statistics and Social Science, CMU) and Tim Deliyannides (University of Pittsburgh) talk about about their experiences editing and publishing e journals  – and respectively. Moderated by Dr. Afeworki Paulos, University Libraries.

Flyer: Open Access E Journals – View from the Top: Editors and Publishers

Get ready to celebrate Open Access Week

The University Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2012.  Games.  Prizes.  Q&A.  Handouts.  Please mark your calendar and plan to stop by an Open Access Week table in Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Atrium, or the University Center, 11 am-2 pm, October 22 (Monday) and October 25 (Thursday).  Play a game and win a prize.  Ask a librarian about current issues in scholarly communication.  And above all, join in the worldwide celebration of the movement to provide free online access to research and scholarship.

SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: When is Enough Enough to Engage Faculty?

Denise Troll Covey writes: “For three years Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications have been working to undermine the fair use exception and safe harbor provisions in copyright law. Over the years they have expanded what started out as an inquiry into text-based electronic reserves at Georgia State University into a discussion of all media and all copying in higher education. Funded by the Copyright Clearance Center, the publishers want the court to render a decision and impose an injunction that would make the university liable for all acts of copying by faculty, students, and staff. The injunction would impose minimum guidelines for fair use copying developed in 1976 (when many resources were not copyright protected because they were not registered with the U.S. Copyright office) as the maximum fair use copying allowed by law. Furthermore the injunction would require the institution to strictly monitor all copying, document and pay the copyright owner for permissions granted, and provide the plaintiffs (Cambridge, Oxford, Sage) with access to the tracking systems … ” [more]

STM publishers claim author rights are out of scope …

Universities are increasingly trying to acquire from publishers the right for authors of articles in site licensed subscription journals to deposit manuscript versions of these articles into institutional repositories. The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) recently released a statement opposing this growing practice, calling it out of scope for content licensing negotiations.  STM claims that conflating author rights with content licensing adds complexity and legal uncertainty without benefiting authors. See

Duke University’s Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith provides a cogent analysis at