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Books, digital publications, and other scholarly dissemination methods

Need assistance with book publications?

The publication and sharing of scholarly works and research can take many forms, from a traditional method of books and journals, to more novel modalities in visual and digital formats.  Depending on the method that best suits your work, there are various groups at Duke ready to support you throughout the process.

 

Preparing to share your work

Whether considering digital publishing or more traditional modes of dissemination, the best first place to start is Scholarly Publishing Services through the Duke Library.  Here you can understand what issues you may need to evaluate during the planning stage, and what resources at Duke can assist once you have come up with a plan. For scholars in the humanities, data sciences, and beyond, you may find helpful resources in the Digital Humanities community, which pulls together information from various groups around Duke’s campus.  The Duke Office for Translation and Commercialization is an important resource for digital innovations, whether they are being shared or commercialized.  Via these, and other Related Resources at right, you can explore how Duke can support you in the early planning stages.

 

Copyright and legal issues in publishing

For any publishing project, it’s important to understand copyright, fair use, and other legal issues that may come into play. You’ll need to make sure you’re using other people’s work appropriately, and not infringing their copyrights, and you’ll also want to put in place licenses to protect your own work. Duke is committed to sharing our research widely, and putting knowledge in the service of society, so there’s a strong impetus to make your work openly available to all. The publishers you’ll be working with may or may not share your goals, so it’s important to read carefully any contracts they send you, and to negotiate to get what you want. The ScholarWorks Center for Scholarly Publishing in Duke Libraries can assist Duke researchers with these kinds of issues, and help you find the right balance for your needs and goals. 

 

Maximizing your reach and tracking impact

Duke provides support for a number of tools and services to help you share your publications widely and track their impact. Explore the options below to determine which tool(s) may be helpful in maximizing and tracking the reach of your publication.

Duke Elements and DukeSpace

  • Elements is an online service for Duke researchers to document and manage their publications history. Publications you manage in Elements will appear in the Selected Publications section of your Scholars@Duke profile.
  • Publications can also be deposited via Elements into DukeSpace, Duke University's openly available online repository for publications and other archival materials in digital format. Publications you deposit into DukeSpace will be openly accessible to the world, linked from your Scholars@Duke profile, and findable via Google Scholar, further increasing the reach and impact of your research.

 

Duke University Press

  • Duke University Press publishes books from the humanities and social sciences, as well as provides open access publishing initiatives.

 

Altmetric

  • Altmetric allows researchers to track attention your publications are getting in sources outside the scholarly literature. This includes mentions of the publication from news sources, blogs, social media, and government policy documents.

 

More information about tracking and understanding metrics and impact can be found on the Duke ScholarWorks website.