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

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.