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Archive of Our Own

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The Archive of Our Own offers a noncommercial and nonprofit central hosting place for fanworks using open-source archiving software.


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Project Arclight is building a web-based tool that enables the study of 20th century American media through comparisons across time and space. Interdisciplinary teams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States, PI Eric Hoyt) and Concordia University (Canada, PI Charles Acland) are developing Arclight with the support of a Digging into Data grant with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

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This document is a code of best practices that helps U.S. communication scholars to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances—especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant. It is a general right that applies even in situations where the law provides no specific authorization for the use in question. This guide identifies four situations that represent the current consensus within the community of communication scholars about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials.

Copyright Cortex

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The Copyright Cortex is an online resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage. It was developed to provide libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions with information and expert commentary on how copyright law affects the creation and management of digital cultural heritage. The resource will also be valuable for anyone who works in the Digital Humanities.

Critical Commons

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“Critical Commons is a public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts. Critical Commons is also part of the technical and conceptual architecture of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture and the electronic authoring/publishing platform Scalar.”

Digital Culture Books

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Digitalculturebooks is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press dedicated to publishing innovative work in new media studies and digital humanities. We began in 2006 as a partnership between MLibrary and the Press, taking advantage of the skills and expertise of staff throughout Michigan Publishing. Our primary goal is to be an incubator for new publishing models in the humanities and social sciences.

Directory of Open Access Books

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The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

Film Studies for Free

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A pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. FSFF is lovingly tended (in a personal capacity) by Catherine Grant, of Film Studies at the University of Sussex. She always wanted to be a Borgesian librarian when she grew up.

Humanities Commons

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link Modern Language Association

Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone.... Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users’ intellectual and personal data.

Knowledge Unlatched

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Knowledge Unlatched brings together libraries from all over the world via a crowdfunding platform where they can support Open Access by selecting publisher titles at a clear and sustainable price.

Manifold Scholarship

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link Unviersity of Minnesota Press

“Manifold is an intuitive, collaborative platform for scholarly publishing. With iterative texts, powerful annotation tools, rich media support, and robust community dialogue, Manifold transforms scholarly publications into living digital works.”

Media History Digital Library

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The Media History Digital Library is a non-profit initiative, led by Eric Hoyt at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, dedicated to digitizing historic books and magazines about film, broadcasting, and recorded sound for broad public access.


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MediaCommons is a community network for scholars, students, and practitioners in media studies, promoting exploration of new forms of publishing within the field. MediaCommons was founded with the support of the Institute for the Future of the Book, and with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through this network, we hope to refocus scholarship in the field on the communication and discussion of new ideas in the field.


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The open access repository MediaRep makes publications (essays, journals, books) in the field of media studies accessible without access restrictions and in full text. The repository keeps the content up-to-date, makes it available online worldwide and offers the possibility to easily search or browse through research outputs.

Open Access Button

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We instantly, legally find you access to the articles and data you need. We're trying to make paywalls a thing of past and share all research data, one request at a time.... Before we create a request to the author we check that an article is not already legally available somewhere else. Our sources include all of the aggregated repositories in the world.... When an article or dataset isn’t available we ask the authors to share it. We help authors share fast, legally and widely so that not only you get access - but everyone does, forever! The end result is no more paywalls and the data you need at your fingertips.

Open Access eBooks on JSTOR

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JSTOR offers a growing list of Open Access ebooks from respected presses, such as University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, and ANU Press. More than 500 titles are now available at no cost to libraries or users... The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content, are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing.

Open Library of Humanities

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The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.

Open Media Studies Blog

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Open Media Studies blogroll Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft

The Open Media Studies blog provides a public forum (in German and English) for current debates on transparency, openness and access in science. Theoretical and scientific contributions to research, education and publication are welcome.

Open Science Framework

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The Open Science Framework (OSF) provides free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle. As a collaboration tool, researchers can work on projects privately with a limited number of collaborators and make parts of their projects public, or make all the project publicly accessible for broader dissemination. As a workflow system, researchers can connect the many services they use to streamline their process and increase efficiency. As a flexible repository, researchers can store and archive their research data, protocols, and materials.

Opening Up Communication: Assessing Open Access Practices in the Communication Studies Discipline

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“Open access (OA) citation effect studies have looked at a number of disciplines but not yet the field of communication studies. This study researched how communication studies fare with the open access citation effect, as well as whether researchers follow their journal deposit policies... The citation averages, which are statistically significant, show a positive correlation between OA and the number of citations. The study also shows communication studies researchers are taking part in open access but perhaps without the full understanding of their publisher’s policies.”

Scholar’s Copryight Addendum Engine

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The Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine will help you generate a PDF form that you can attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights. Each addendum gives you non-exclusive rights to create derivative works from your Article and to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display your article in connection with your teaching, conference presentations, lectures, other scholarly works, and professional activities. However, they differ with respect to how soon you can make the final published version available and whether you can authorize others to re-use your work in various ways. Below is a summary of the available options.


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SHERPA/RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher's policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories. If an academic author wants to put their research articles on-line, they are faced with an increasingly complex situation. Evidence shows that citations to articles made openly accessible in this way are taken up and cited more often than research that is simply published in journals. Also some funding agencies require open access archiving for their research, to increase the use of the information generated. However, some publishers prohibit authors from using their own articles in this way. Others allow it, but only under certain conditions, while others are quite happy for authors to show their work in this way. Authors can be left confused: RoMEO helps to clarify the situation.


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By uploading working papers and preprints of their articles to SocArXiv, social scientists can now make their work immediately and permanently available to other researchers and the public, and discoverable via search engines. This alleviates the frustration of slow times to publication and sidesteps paywalls that limit the audience for academic research. Since SocArXiv is a not-for-profit alternative to existing commercial platforms, researchers can also be assured that they are sharing their research in an environment where access, not profit, will remain at the heart of the mission.

The Idealis

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“The Idealis is a new kind of open access overlay journal, powered by PressForward and curated by librarian-experts working in the arena of scholarly communication. Each week, editors recruit the very best scholarly communication literature from across the Web, working with authors to make their research available, ensuring that librarians are connected to excellent research that’s relevant to their work.”

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