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Digital Commons@Becker
SelectedWorks Author Gallery

Digital Commons

What is Digital Commons@Becker?
Digital Commons@Becker is a digital repository for presenting and preserving the scholarly work created at Washington University School of Medicine. Administered and maintained by the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Digital Commons@Becker provides groups, departments, centers, divisions, or programs at the School of Medicine with a platform for creating customized collections that reflect the wide range of their scholarly output.

What materials can be contributed to Digital Commons@Becker?
Collections can include a wide variety of publication types and materials. Materials appropriate for Digital Commons@Becker include conference abstracts, manuscripts, capstones, monographs, book chapters, photographs, digital files, research papers, poster presentations, newsletters, data sets, sound files, working papers, videos, technical reports, annual reports, and more.

Who can contribute to Digital Commons@Becker?
Digital Commons@Becker is open to groups, departments, centers, divisions, or programs composed of faculty, investigators, or students affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.

How do I contribute materials to Digital Commons@Becker?
The staff of the Becker Medical Library will handle all of the processing, indexing, and maintenance of any materials submitted to Digital Commons@Becker. All you have to do is give us your permission to create a collection and tell us the material you wish to include.

Can individuals affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine start a collection in Digital Commons@Becker without participation from the departments, centers, divisions, or programs?
Yes. Faculty or research groups are welcome to create their own personal collection in the SelectedWorks Author Gallery, a component of Digital Commons@Becker. Interested parties should contact Bob Engeszer or Cathy Sarli.

Are materials searchable on Digital Commons@Becker?
Materials are full-text searchable. Digital Commons@Becker is optimized for fast and accurate indexing by Google and Google Scholar.

If materials are freely available, does this mean content can be redistributed or re-used without permission?
No. All materials in Digital Commons@Becker are fully protected under copyright. Access to the material in Digital Commons@Becker is free but the use of the material is still subject to the terms as noted in the copyright publication agreement form or license agreement signed between the author and the publisher.

Does submitting my unpublished work to Digital Commons@Becker constitute previous publication?
Submission of unpublished materials such as student papers or working papers are not generally considered as publication. Becker Library makes no effort to publicly disseminate the work further, nor does it perform peer review or other practices associated with the formal publication process.

Do submitters need to retain copyright to materials for works posted to Digital Commons@Becker?
Yes, some published materials may require contributors to retain the right from the copyright holder to submit a work an institutional repository. Most journal publishers allow authors the right to submit the peer-reviewed version of a manuscript to an institutional repository such as Digital Commons@Becker. Contributors should review the copyright agreement form or the license agreement as signed for a published work to determine the copyright status. The staff of the Becker Medical Library will work with contributors to answer copyright questions including review of copyright agreement forms or license agreements. Please contact Cathy Sarli for assistance with copyright issues.

Can specific materials be restricted?
Materials (all or specific parts of a collection) can be made fully accessible to the public or restricted to a specific IP address range.

Are usage reports available on Digital Commons@Becker?
Comprehensive reports are available to allow contributors and groups to track usage statistics.

Can alerts be created for collections?
Digital Commons@Becker allows users to subscribe to a collection and provides automated RSS feeds and automatic email notification to subscribers when new content is published.

Can material be withdrawn from Digital Commons@Becker?
Digital Commons@Becker is intended to be a permanent repository for the scholarly output of Washington University School of Medicine. Contributors may request that certain material be withdrawn. Valid reasons for withdrawal of materials include concerns over copyright infringement or plagiarism, or retracted journal manuscripts.

What happens if a submitter is no longer affiliated with Digital Commons@Becker?
The material remains with Digital Commons@Becker.

How do groups, departments, centers, divisions, or programs affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine start a collection on Digital Commons@Becker?
Interested parties should contact Bob Engeszer or Cathy Sarli.

SelectedWorks Author Gallery

What is SelectedWorks Author Gallery?
SelectedWorks Author Gallery is a component of Digital Commons@Becker that allows WUSM faculty to establish a personal author page to highlight research and scholarly efforts. SelectedWorks sites are created and maintained by the staff of the Becker Library to provide faculty with a convenient and flexible platform for disseminating their work to a wider community. Each work included in SelectedWorks is optimized for indexing by search engines such as Google and Google Scholar to enhance discovery and become a part of an international network of scholarship. Additional features include automatic readership reports that allow authors to track the number of times works have been accessed, mailing lists for users who want to be notified when a new work is added, and tools for linking to external resources and highlighting areas of expertise. SelectedWorks pages can also be created for research groups.

What types of materials can be posted?
The default document types for SelectedWorks are Articles, Books, Contributions to Books, Unpublished Papers, Popular Press, Presentations and Other Works. Additional formats are also allowed. Authors can also include introductory text to describe their research along with links to any related resources such as lab or departmental web sites.

Can individuals affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine start a SelectedWorks page without participating in Digital Commons@Becker?
Yes. Faculty members or research groups are welcome to create a SelectedWorks page. The staff of the Becker Medical Library will handle all of the processing and maintenance of creating a SelectedWorks page. Becker Medical Library will need permission from an author or research group to create a SelectedWorks page, a publication list of the works to include and related information. Works collected in Digital Commons@Becker can be automatically added to a SelectedWorks page. Interested parties should contact Bob Engeszer or Cathy Sarli.

Do faculty who want to start a SelectedWorks page need to retain copyright to materials for works posted to SelectedWorks?
Yes, some published works may require contributors to retain the right from the copyright holder to submit a work to SelectedWorks. Most journal publishers allow authors the right to submit the peer-reviewed version of a manuscript to an institutional repository such as SelectedWorks. Contributors should review the copyright agreement form or the license agreement as signed for a published work to determine the copyright status. The staff of the Becker Medical Library will work with contributors to answer copyright questions including review of copyright agreement forms or license agreements. Works that are not published such as unpublished papers or working papers, no permission is required. Please contact Cathy Sarli for assistance with copyright issues.

How do I contribute materials to SelectedWorks?
The staff of the Becker Medical Library will handle all of the processing and maintenance of creating a SelectedWorks page. Becker Medical Library will need permission from an author or research group to create a SelectedWorks page, a publication list of the works to include and related information. Works collected in Digital Commons@Becker can be automatically added to a SelectedWorks page. Interested parties should contact Bob Engeszer or Cathy Sarli for more information.