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Scholarly Communication

The TXST University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Team educates users about the transformation of scholarly communication and provides services meant to foster a more sustainable publishing ecosystem. Our team offers workshops, class visits, sponsored events and other outreach programs related to scholarly communication.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation or information session, contact: scholcomm@txstate.edu 

Upcoming Workshops & Events


Fall 2018 Workshops


August 14, 2018

Where to Publish? Navigating the Journal Jungle and Avoiding Predators

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and evolving in many directions. This workshop is designed to help authors find and use library and other tools to navigate the complex publishing landscape. Topics covered in the workshop include: Tools to identify publishing venues, how to evaluate journals, tips for avoiding "predatory publishers", and understanding open access journal options.

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August 15, 2018

Increasing Access: Repositories, Data, and Funder Mandates

Are you or those you serve involved in funded research? Funding agencies are requiring open access deposit of both publications as well as raw research data to increase impact of their funding dollars. Learn how Texas State University's Dataverse data repository and Digital Collections Repository can help researchers meet requirements and increase the impact of their research. 

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August 22, 2018

Finding & Using Images in your Papers, Publications, and Presentations

Need to find good quality images for your presentation or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how to use the library's image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips and tech tools that can make your presentations and publications more professional and interesting will be also be covered. Image copyright topics will be briefly covered as well. 

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August 30, 2018

Research Data Management Basics

Learn the basics of managing research data well for optimizing publishing, sharing, and re-use. An introduction to metadata, disciplinary repositories, and data publication is included, as well as an intro to Texas State University's Dataverse repository.

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September 13, 2018

Introduction to GIS / Mapping

Learn how to create maps from scratch using ArcGIS software. This workshop is open to all with no prior knowledge of GIS or those who will like to refreshen their knowledge after a long break from using GIS.

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October 11, 2018

Author's Rights, Copyright, and Plagiarism

In this session you will discover the limits to the right to Fair Use and learn how to apply the exceptions to the Copyright Act that help researchers, instructors, and librarians. You will explore the difference between copyright and plagiarism and learn how to identify and avoid self-plagiarism. You will also gain tips on how to protect and license your own creative work. 

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October 18, 2018

Impact Factors and Metrics

This session is an overview of traditional and alternative ways to measure journal, article-level, and author impact. Metrics covered include impact factor, eigenfactor, Google Scholar metrics, h-index, g-index, i10-index, and selected altmetric tools.

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October 25, 2018

Developing a Researcher Project and Managing Your Research Environment

Various online tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science and ORCID allow users to register for a unique number so that all of the publications of a given author can be linked together. This has several advantages: 

  • Claim all of your publications, no matter what name was used at the time of publication or how the authors were listed.
  • Identifiers can appear in citations and be shared so that your publications are just a click away from any researcher interested in following your work. 

Attendees will create a researcher ID in all or any of the tools covered and begin the the process of establishing their researcher profile. 

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November 15, 2018

Introduction to GIS / Mapping

Learn how to create maps from scratch using ArcGIS software. This workshop is open to all with no prior knowledge of GIS or those wh owill like to refreshen their knowledge after a long break from using GIS. 

SIGN-UP


December 5, 2018

Finding & Using Images in your Papers, Publications, and Presentations

Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how to use the library's image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips and tech tools that can make your presentations and publications more professional and interesting will also be covered. Image copyright topics will be briefly covered as well. 

SIGN-UP


December 10, 2018

Author's Rights, Copyright, and Plagiarism

In this session you will discover the limits to the right to Fair Use and learn how to apply the exceptions to the Copyright Act that help researchers, instructors, and librarians. You will explore the difference between copyright and plagiarism and learn how to identify and avoid plagiarism. You will also gain tips on how to protect and license your own creative work. 

SIGN-UP


Spring 2019 Workshops


January 16, 2019

Where to Publish? Navigating the Journal Jungle and Avoiding Predators

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and evolving in many directions. This workshop is designed to help authors find and use library and other tools to navigate the complex publishing landscape. Topics covered in the workshop include: 

  • Tools to identify publishing venues
  • How to evaluate journals
  • Tips for avoiding "predatory publishers"
  • Understanding Open Access journal options

SIGN-UP


January 17, 2019

Developing a Researcher Profile and Managing Your Research Environment

Various online tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science and ORCID allow users to register for a unique number so that all of the publications of a given author can be linked together. Different types of sites will be presented along with their potential usefulness for managing research workflows and building networks among other scholars.

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February 12, 2019

Increasing Access: Repositories, Data, and Funder Mandates

Are you or those you serve involved in funded research? Funding agencies are requiring open access deposit of both publications as well as raw research data to increase impact of their funding dollars. Learn how Texas State University's Dataverse Data Repository and Digital Collections Repository can help researchers meet requirements and increase the impact of their research.

SIGN-UP


February 19, 2019

Impact Factors and Metrics

This session is an overview of traditional and alternative ways to measure journal article-level, and author impact. Metrics covered include impact factor, eigenfactor, Google Scholar metrics, h-index, g-index, i10-index, and selected altmetrics tools.

SIGN-UP


February 28, 2019

Research Data Management Basics

Learn the basics of managing data well for optimizing publishing, sharing, and re-use. An introduction to metadata, disciplinary repositories, and data publication is included, as well as an intro to Texas State University's Dataverse Data Repository

SIGN-UP