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Faculty & Staff Resources: Publishing Resources

This LibGuide highlights library resources for Butler's faculty and staff

Digital Commons

The BU Digital Commons is a valuable way to extend the scholarly output of Butler University to include greater reach and increased circulation not only in Indiana, but throughout the country and beyond. This increased visibility, awareness, and stability benefits both content creators and Butler University as well. Some of the benefits include:

  • Visibility of your work in a centralized location means more of your peers can find and cite your work (via searches in GoogleScholar and other federated search engines), providing you with a wider audience.
  • Inclusion of your work in the full range of research conducted at Butler University provides you with institutional recognition.
  • Context for your work, placing you side-by-side with the scholarly and creative contributions of your colleagues.
  • Creates a digital archive of your work.
  • Continuity so that your work is assured a stable online location that can be cited now and in the future.
  • Complements existing print and electronic sources in your field.
  • Submitting your works to the BU Digital Commons can help meet the criterion of some grants with data-sharing aspects.

Questions? Contact Associate Dean for Collections and Digital Services Josh Petrusa

Navigating the Publishing Process

While many disciplines have a well-established hierarchy of journals, often measured through impact factor and/or informal consensus, digital publishing and increased interdisciplinary collaborations have given rise to a new class of journals. Many of these journals are online-only and funded not through the juggernauts of scholarly publishing (Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis) but through author fees and library support. As more studies emerge questioning the validity of impact factor and other journal-level metrics, other methods of assessment have emerged to provide a more holistic method for evaluating scholarly work (see Altmetrics for more information).

At Butler University Libraries, we are happy to consult on journal selection -- please contact your liaison librarian to set up a consultation. If you've found a new open access journal and are curious about its bona fides (with any new "market," there are those looking to take advantage), we highly recommend evaluating your journal against the following indicators:

Open Access Journal Quality Indicators

Copyright: All Rights ReservedThere are two components to licenses worth mentioning here: the first is securing licenses to publish or reprint materials in an article, book, or other work and the second is negotiating the copyright transfer agreement often required by journal publishers. 


Oftentimes publishers will provide you with a form to secure permissions for reprinting and otherwise reusing material that has been published elsewhere. You will also need to fill out this form for any images you find online with one significant exception: if the image has been clearly licensed under an open license such as a Creative Commons or the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). Using materials licensed for reuse can greatly reduce the amount of time you spend on paperwork. Unsure how to find these? Check out our Finding Images & Media LibGuide.


Copyright consists of a bundle of rights that can be distributed in a number of ways. Frequently, Copyright Transfer Agreements have you sign over the copyright to your article/book/scholarship to the publisher and then certain rights are licensed back to you. It's important to review which rights are licensed back in your agreement, otherwise you could find yourself unable to distribute your work in the classroom, perform it in public, and place it in Digital Commons. It is becoming increasingly common for authors to request certain rights remain with them. For more information about Author Rights, check out the SPARC advocacy group's page on the subject: Author Rights


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Science Library: 317-940-9937
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