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Spring Symposium 2009

“The C Word:  Using Author Rights to Enhance
Scholarship in the Digital Research Environment”

Spring Symposium
April 29, 2009 from Noon to 4:30 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union 327/328/329

We are right in the middle of a national—no, international—transition from traditional print publication to the brave new world of digital publication (open access journals, digital institutional repositories, etc.).

As a researcher and author you can either make use of this transition to enhance your scholarship, or you can fall victim to it.  This symposium is about empowerment, about the options you have for the use and distribution of your own scholarly work—most of which revolve around retaining your rights when you publish.

It is also about access to the work of others.  Why are we paying to publish in journals libraries can no longer afford to carry, when we could be publishing in open access venues and “democratizing our scholarship”?

This symposium will explore the implications of this transition, with speakers ranging from national figures to Portland State faculty.  Among the topics addressed:  publishing in an open access journal, modifying copyright agreements, promotion and tenure considerations, proactively managing rights, and institutional repositories (or “digital libraries”).


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12:00Doors Open
12:30Welcome / Dana Bostrom, Director, Innovation & Industry Alliances, Portland State University
Introductory Remarks / William Feyerherm, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, Portland State University
12:45 Publishing in the Digital Age: New developments, new challenges / Dan Morgan, Executive Publisher Psychology & Cognitive Science, Elsevier
1:30 Economics of Open Access Publishing / Jevin D. West, Department of Biology, University of Washington
2:15Q & A followed by a break
2:30Scholarly Goals & Technology Transfer: Use several approaches / Alan Yen, Software Technology Manager, Life Sciences & Bioinformatics and Gail Dykstra, Software Licensing  Officer, University of Washington TechTransfer
    1. Traditional, on-line, and open-access journals: a comparison (Kenneth Ames, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Anthropology, Portland State University)
    2. Modifying copyright assignment agreements for journals (Gail Dykstra)
    3. Promotion & Tenure (Duncan Carter, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University)
    4. Proactively managing rights (Dana Bostrom)
    5. Institutional Repositories (Adriene Lim, Associate University Librarian, Portland State University Library)
4:15Q & A

Sponsored in part by the Office of Academic Affairs

Background information on trends and issues in scholarly communication can be found at

The Symposium is free of charge and open to the public.
Light refreshments provided courtesy of Elsevier.
No RSVP required, but seating is limited.

Contact Claudia Weston at or 503-725-4542 if you have any questions.