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Take action now
- Register for an ORCID ID to begin managing your scholarly identity.
- Deposit your work into the University of Minnesota's open digital archive, the University Digital Conservancy (if you have retained the right to do so).
- Review your society's policies on open access and their prices.
- Check the status of related legislation on openness in research and education at the SPARC Advocacy site.
- Invite your librarian to your department meeting to discuss all types of scholarly communications issues.
Take futher action
- Publishing soon? Investigate whether the publisher's practices match your goals and values.
- Prioritize making your next publication open access.
- Negotiate the terms of the agreement supplied by the journal publisher to retain more of your rights, or use SHERPA/RoMEO to identify publishers with enlightened copyright policies.
- Before publishing your next work, consider whether the journal's or publisher's practices match your values.
- Volunteer to act 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, low-cost open educational materials in your teaching.
- Create persistent links to licensed content for your course.
Follow the latest scholarly communication news
- Monitor discussions of publishing issues within your society and elsewhere.
- Check out some blogs about scholarly commnunications, such as In the Open or Unlocking Research.