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Publishing Your Scholarly Output: Self-archiving in the Repository

Resources and support for scholars who have an article to publish.

Empire State College Community in the SUNY Open Access Repository

The State University of New York now has a repository for the peer reviewed publications of our scholars, called SOAR (SUNY Open Access Repository.)

SUNY Empire has a "community" within SOAR - this means that if you contribute your works, they will be findable by anyone searching SOAR as a whole, but they can also be found together with contributions from other SUNY Empire scholars. 

Copyright Considerations of Self-Archiving in the Repository

You must own the copyright of any work that you want to submit to the repository, or have permission from the journal that owns the copyright. 

If you are one of multiple authors, you may submit the work to the repository without consulting them. However you may not submit a work if you are not one of the authors. For example, you cannot submit the work of a colleague who has retired or died; a committee head may not submit the work of a committee member; and a supervisor may not submit the work of a supervisee. 

By default, putting your work in the repository does absolutely nothing to the copyright status of the work. However, if you own the copyright, you may choose to put the work under a Creative Commons license. So by default, the public is entitled to access your work for free, but they may not make copies or derivative works. But if you use a Creative Commons license, that will expand the rights available to the public according to the terms of the license. 

Content Considerations of Self-Archiving in the Repository

At the present, SOAR is only accepting dissertations, theses, and capstones from students, and both creative works and published, scholarly works from faculty, staff, and students.

Text (in the form of accessible/readable PDFs) is stored in the repository. Multimedia content (which must be fully accessible) has an item record in the repository and links to the full content in Learnscape.