"The C Word: Using Author Rights to Enhance Scholarship in the Digital Research Environment"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:30pm

We are right in the middle of a national-no, international-transition from traditional print publication to the brave new world of digital publication (open access journals, digital institutional repositories, etc.).

As a researcher and author you can either make use of this transition to enhance your scholarship, or you can fall victim to it.  This symposium is about empowerment, about the options you have for the use and distribution of your own scholarly work-most of which revolve around retaining your rights when you publish.

It is also about access to the work of others.  Why are we paying to publish in journals libraries can no longer afford to carry, when we could be publishing in open access venues and "democratizing our scholarship"?

This symposium will explore the implications of this transition, with speakers ranging from national figures to Portland State faculty.  Among the topics addressed:  publishing in an open access journal, modifying copyright agreements, promotion and tenure considerations, proactively managing rights, and institutional repositories (or "digital libraries").

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Where:  Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327, 328, 329
Time:  Noon - 4:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Light refreshments provided courtesy of Elsevier.

No RSVP required, but seating is limited.

Contact Claudia Weston at or 503-725-4542 if you have any questions.

Sponsored in part by the Office of Academic Affairs and Elsevier Publishing.

Additional background information on trends and issues in scholarly communication can be found at