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Take action now
- Register for an ORCiD iD to begin managing your scholarly identity.
- Deposit your work to make it openly accessible in the University Digital Conservancy.
- Review your scholarly society's policies on open access and their prices.
- Check the status of legislation on openness in research and education at the SPARC Advocacy site.
- Invite your librarian to your department meeting to discuss scholarly communications issues.
Take further action
- Before publishing your next work, investigate whether the publisher's practices match your goals and values.
- Prioritize making your next publication open access.
- Negotiate the publishing agreement to retain more of your rights, or use SHERPA/RoMEO to identify publishers with enlightened copyright policies.
- Volunteer as a peer reviewer for open-access journals.
- Encourage your professional society to create competitors to expensive journals.
- Advocate for promotion & tenure policies supporting publication in high quality, open access works.
Take action in your teaching
- Use high-quality, no-cost open educational resources (OER) in your teaching.
- Create persistent links to library-licensed content for your course.
Follow scholarly communication news
- Monitor discussions of publishing issues within your society and elsewhere.
- Check out blogs about scholarly commnunications, such as Unlocking Research or the Open Access Tracking Project.