Benefits of Contributing to the DigitalCommons@CalPoly
Preserving scholarly and creative work
DigitalCommons@CalPoly promotes discovery, research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and support for instruction by collecting, preserving and providing access to scholarly, intellectual and creative work generated by Cal Poly faculty and students. While currently in the pilot phase, the Kennedy Library, in partnership with Academic Affairs and ITS, is taking the lead on the DigitalCommons@CalPoly. Visit the pilot site at http://www.digitalcommons.calpoly.edu.
The benefits of higher citation rates
Research has demonstrated that with appropriate search mechanisms added, open access online articles have appreciably higher citation rates than traditionally published articles. This type of visibility and awareness benefits both you as the creator and Cal Poly as an institution. As the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) notes, "...This increased visibility [and] demonstration of value can translate into tangible benefits, including the funding from both public and private sources that derives in part from an institution's status and reputation."
- Visibility of your work in a centralized location means more of your peers can find and cite your work (via searches in Google Scholar and other federated search engines), providing you with a wider audience.
- Inclusion of your work in the full range of research conducted at Cal Poly provides you with institutional recognition.
- Retain control of intellectual property rights to your work by granting a non-exclusive license to the DigitalCommons@CalPoly.
- Context for your work, placing you side-by-side with the scholarly and creative contributions of your colleagues.
- Create a digital archive of more of your work, including CVs and previously unpublished work, such as conference presentations and white papers.
- 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.
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Your participation and contributions are essential if Cal Poly is to join its peers in higher education by contributing to the new model of scholarly publishing through distributed, interoperable repositories.