Before you begin
As a member of the Princeton University community, you are responsible for knowing the requirements and policies regarding the publishing of your intellectual property and scholarly work. Refer to the following links:
- All Princeton University faculty, students, and staff must follow the requirements set forth in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities.
- Policy and procedure regarding Copyright from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Princeton University Open Access Policy.
- Princeton University Scholarly Communications Office and more information regarding the Open Access Policy mandates.
- Know your rights as an author, as well as retaining your rights as an author, from the Princeton University Copyright website, published by the Office of the General Counsel.
When you publish your intellectual property online, it is in your best interest to publish within an online environment that offers citation capabilities, database tracking of downloads, and mechanisms that enable peer review. For examples, see PubMed Commons or PLOS One.
The Template System is a good option for creating a professional finding guide that aggregates the published work of you, your department, or your group. The Publications module can create a finding guide to your online published materials as well as other types of intellectual property online.
Examples of the Publications module in use to create finding guides:
The Template System cannot provide a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) as an article identifier to scholarly work or any intellectual property. A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency. Publishers assign a DOI when your article is published and made available electronically. See the International DOI Foundation for more information, as well as the DOI Handbook. The Template System cannot help with getting an ISBN number, an ISSN number, an LCCN number, or any type of license.
Additionally, the Template System cannot provide long-term availability of data as a publisher in perpetuity, nor can it provide the authority control required for bibliographic management.
Where to publish
- Princeton University also offers DataSpace, which is a digital repository for both archiving and publicly disseminating digital data which are the result of research, academic, or administrative work performed by members of the Princeton University community. Items in Dataspace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
- The Open Access Repository at Princeton provides a platform for collecting scholarly articles authored by Princeton University faculty members. Articles in the repository are publicly accessible in accordance with Princeton’s Open Access Policy.
- Princeton University also offers OpenScholar, which is a website application designed for academics and academic institutions. Over 900 Princeton scholars have built websites with their curriculum vitae, working papers, and publications. Please check with the publisher if you're not sure if you own the rights to an article before publishing it on your OpenScholar site.
- Another option is JSTOR, which provides Open Access eBooks.
For working papers
Discuss with your research adviser the best option for your area of study. The following are some examples of hosting options.
- Princeton University offers OpenScholar, which is a website application designed for academics and academic institutions. Over 900 Princeton scholars have built websites with their curriculum vitae, working papers, and publications. Please check with the publisher if you're not sure if you own the rights to an article before publishing it on your OpenScholar site.
- The arXiv repository is a well-known "e-print archive" for publishing working papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, and quantitative biology, hosted by the Cornell University Library.
- Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics is a collaborative project offered in the interests of scholarship for classics scholars.
- The Kellog Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame publishes working papers and research in progress at kellogg.nd.edu for your scholarly intellectual property.
- The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) publishes working papers, preliminary chapters of books in progress, and journal publications online at papers.nber.org.