Library Scholarly Communication Programs

Library Scholarly Communication Programs

Legal and Ethical Considerations

1st Edition - October 31, 2013

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  • Author: Isaac Gilman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633831
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347170

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Libraries must negotiate a range of legal issues, policies and ethical guidelines when developing scholarly communication initiatives. Library Scholarly Communication Programs is a practical primer, covering these issues for institutional repository managers, library administrators, and other staff involved in library-based repository and publishing services. The title is composed of four parts. Part one describes the evolution of scholarly communication programs within academic libraries, part two explores institutional repositories and part three covers library publishing services. Part four concludes with strategies for creating an internal infrastructure, comprised of policy, best practices and education initiatives, which will support the legal and ethical practices discussed in the book.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the importance of creating a policy infrastructure for scholarly communication initiatives
  • Offers a novel combination of legal and ethical issues in a plain, approachable format
  • Provides samples of policy and contract language, as well as several case studies, to illustrate the concepts presented


Institutional repository managers; Scholarly communication librarians; Library publishing staff and library deans/directors

Table of Contents

  • List of boxes

    List of abbreviations



    About the author

    Part 1: Libraries and scholarly communication


    Chapter 1: The evolution of scholarly communication programs


    “Scholarly communication” and academic libraries: 1979–2001

    The current scope of scholarly communication in academic libraries

    An ethical framework for scholarly communication programs

    Overview of topics

    Part 2: Institutional repositories


    Chapter 2: Institutional repositories and intellectual property


    Intellectual property

    Copyright and institutional repositories

    Contracts and licenses

    Research data

    Chapter 3: Research ethics


    Human subject research

    Research data: special considerations

    Article retractions and corrections

    Chapter 4: Privacy and propriety



    Privacy and health records: HIPAA

    Privacy and educational records: FERPA

    Privacy and oral history

    Defamation: from false light to false facts

    Conclusion: limiting potential liability

    Chapter 5: Repository policies


    Collection management policies

    Repository submission agreements

    Grant of license to the institution

    Assurances from the contributor

    Beyond single submissions: memoranda of understanding

    Addressing end users: terms of use, privacy, and disclaimers

    Legal compliance

    Conclusion: context changes, but ethics remain

    Part 3: Library publishing services


    Chapter 6: Ethical and legal issues in journal publishing


    Establishing an editorial structure

    Defining relationships with authors

    Ensuring access and preservation

    Establishing responsibilities and liability

    From policy to reality

    Chapter 7: Publication ethics




    Copyright and fair use

    Research misconduct


    Conflict of interest

    Simultaneous submissions and redundant publication

    Irresponsible scholarship

    Responding to errors and misconduct

    Ethics and editorial expertise

    Chapter 8: Intellectual property and publishing


    Permissions and fair use: protecting the balance of copyright in the process of creation

    Author publishing agreements: protecting authors’ rights

    Licensing: protecting readers’ ability to build on authors’ work

    Beyond the balance: further intellectual property considerations

    Protecting intellectual property through policy (and contract)

    Chapter 9: Publishing policies


    Establishing the scope of the publishing program

    Defining expectations and relationships

    Protecting intellectual property

    Establishing policies regarding ethics and integrity

    Conclusion: identify, emulate, and create

    Part 4: The road forward


    Chapter 10: Building sustainable programs


    Policy development: connection and definition

    Process: workflow and compliance

    Education and outreach: identifying rights and responsibilities

    Conclusion: law, ethics, and library scholarly communication programs



Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2013
  • Published: October 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633831
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347170

About the Author

Isaac Gilman

Isaac Gilman is Assistant Professor and Scholarly Communication and Research Services Librarian at Pacific University, USA. In addition to managing Pacific’s institutional repository, known as CommonKnowledge, Isaac has taught courses in scholarly publishing and research methods and has served as co-chair of Pacific University’s Institutional Review Board. He is the co-founding editor of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, and the holder of an MLIS degree.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pacific University, USA

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