Scholarly Communication & Research Impact

Scholarly Communications and Impact Factors

You can find plenty of information on the web pertaining to scholarly communication and authors’ rights, open access publishing, and understanding the importance of impact factors. But we’ve put the pieces together here so you don’t need to go search.

Scholarly Communication and Author Rights

It’s important to understand your rights before signing any publishing agreement. Before you commit to a publisher’s agreement for your articles or books, consider adding an authors’ addendum to retain rights to: Use your works for a course pack or other uses within myWPI; store a copy on your professional page on the WPI website or within an online repository; and distribute print and electronic copies to colleagues.

An authors’ addendum will enable you to transfer only some of your rights to the publisher. See Columbia University’s Keep Your Copyrights to “learn to decipher the language of contracts that exploit rights in your works, what to watch out for, and what are reasonable terms on which to grant rights.”

You can find more information and a downloadable Authors’ Addendum on the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition’s (SPARC) website.

Another useful resource is the Scholarly Communication Toolkit, which describes key issues and strategies for change in scholarly publishing. Learn how to manage your copyrights!

Open Access Publishing

Open access involves free and unrestricted web access to articles published in scholarly journals. Ask us about open access at WPI and the options available to faculty.

Impact Factor

An impact factor is a measure of the average number of citations an article published in science or social science journals receives. The impact factor is used to help determine the relative importance of a journal within its field, with higher impact factor journals deemed to be more important than those with lower impact factors.

Our research impact guide includes information about searching cited references in a variety of databases—most notably Web of Science and Google Scholar—and explains the importance of impact factors and journal rankings.

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