Category Archives: Institutional repository

Open Access Hero – John Flach

The theme for Open Access Week 2016 is “Open in Action.” In honor of this, we are shining the light on our own Open Access Heroes who are truly putting putting Open into Action.



John Flach

Department: Psychology


Major Work: What Matters?: Putting Common Sense to Work

Downloads: 2,012

Top 5 Countries Downloading What Matters:

  1. United States – 665
  2. United Kingdom – 178
  3. Canada – 133
  4. India – 99
  5. Germany – 94


CORE Scholar Twitter Contest

Guess which day CORE Scholar will reach 1 million downloads and win a Starbucks gift card!

In celebration of Open Access Week 2016. we will give away $5.00 Starbucks gift cards to two contestants who guess, or get closest, to the day CORE Scholar reaches 1 million downloads.

To enter to win, contestants must retweet our contest tweet along with their guess of what day we will hit 1 million downloads.

If multiple contestants guess the same day, or, multiple contestants guess the closest day, winners will be chosen based on a random drawing of names.

Contestants must be affiliated with Wright State University, but not with the University Libraries (UL student workers are still eligible!). Winners must provide their mailing address.


Fall 2016 Ohio IR Day – October 5th

The Fall Ohio IR Day 2016 will take place on Oct 5th at the State Library of Ohio from 10:00am-2:00pm.  The schedule will include a featured speaker, lightning round presentations, and birds of a feather discussions.

The focus of our meeting will be tools, tips, and tricks to streamline your workflow.  Our featured speaker will be Bill McMillin, Digital Metadata Librarian from the University of Cincinnati Libraries, who will be presenting Garbage Reconciliation: Data Cleaning and Linking.   This session will demonstrate how OpenRefine can clean messy data.  Once the data has been cleaned, he will discuss reconciliation services and how you can use them to turn strings into things.

We are currently looking for Lightning Round speakers.  Have you been working a cool project that you would like to demo?  Have you figured out a way to speed up your workflow? Are you using a new tool that might be helpful to others?  Please sign up to present!  Presentations should be about 5-7 minutes long.

Registration and lightning round signups are now open. Information about the Fall 2016 IR Day, as well as schedules and presentations from past IR Days can be found at

Introducing the SelectedWorks Redesign!

We are excited to announce an upgrade to SelectedWorks profile pages!


Dr. Cigrang's updated profile

Dr. Cigrang’s updated profile

A new card view has been implemented that provides a preview of content. A reader can easily scroll through the new SelectedWorks and instantly get an idea of the work each author has done. Each item is displayed upfront, eliminating the “view more” button. Every file format is supported. This means any work done by you can be uploaded into your SelectedWorks profile. Think beyond articles and books to anything from video, audio, data, and more!


Updated Author Dashboard

Updated Author Dashboard

The new SelectedWorks delivers new author tools that make measuring your impact simple. The author dashboard now comes with a map that displays where downloads are happening. You are able to zoom in on almost exact locations of downloads. Additionally, each pinpoint on the map displays the number of downloads. Clicking on these points provides the title being downloaded. The author dashboard also offers a handful of other metrics, including which countries and institutions are downloading your work, which sites readers are using to find your work, a timeline of your download history, and a list of your top downloaded items.


The new SelectedWorks makes it even easier for readers to follow your work. The “Follow” button is now far more prominent at the top of the page. Also, authors can take control of their SelectedWorks profile. The new design allows for easy editing through WYSIWIGs.

Prominent Follow Button

Prominent Follow Button

Remember, your SelectedWorks profile is already Search Engine Optimized to ensure maximum exposure to your work. The upgraded look will showcase your work with a contemporary feel, an easy-to-read card layout, and richer metrics.


Veterans’ Voices on WYSO

We are excited to announce an addition to our collections on CORE Scholar. Veterans’ Voices on WYSO is a series of stories about veterans reentering civilian life in the Miami Valley.  WYSO, the public radio station for the Miami Valley, collaborated with student veterans at the Wright State University’s Veteran and Military Center to create these interesting narratives. The narratives created provide an interesting and powerful insight into the troubles and triumphs of reentering the civilian life after service.

The WYSO Veterans’ Voices project is part of a broader effort to capture the stories of veterans. The Library of Congress, through the Veterans History Project, is collecting biographical information about veterans, and oral histories are recorded to ensure the various accounts of military life in the 20th and 21st centuries is not lost. These oral histories can be viewed at the Veterans’ Voices series on CORE Scholar.

Both collections give a voice to the brave veterans of our country. We are extremely pleased to play a part in sharing them!

Open Access Week 2015 Workshops – Open for Collaboration


International Open Access Week 2015 is quickly approaching, and to celebrate, the Wright State University Libraries is offering several exciting workshops for faculty and staff. This year’s theme, “Open for Collaboration,” strives to emphasize amazing results that comes from different groups working together toward the common goal of ground-breaking research.

The workshops, listed below, are focused on helping the WSU campus better take advantage of the services offered through CORE Scholar, Wright State’s own Open Access Institutional Repository. CORE Scholar connects readers from around the world with WSU research, facilitates connections between researchers through the Digital Commons Network, and advances the cause of Open Access Collaboration.

Please join us for any or all of the workshops. Attendees may register on the WSU Libraries’ Events and Workshops page:

Journals in CORE Scholar
Monday, October 19, 2015
Room 315, Dunbar Library: 11:30am – 12:00pm

Have you ever consider starting your own peer review journal? Are you already an editor of a journal and are looking for a new platform? Jane Wildermuth and Elisabeth Shook will discuss the set-up and maintenance of journals in CORE Scholar. Participants will become familiar with the capabilities of the system, including customized designs and workflows, and professional grade peer-review tools.

Conferences/Events in CORE Scholar
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Room 315, Dunbar Library: 11:30am – 12:00pm

Capture the valuable output of your events and conferences, big and small, with CORE Scholar’s conference/events modules. Participants will discover how CORE Scholar provides you with an easy way to manage paper submissions, peer review, schedules, and the publication of the materials from your event.

Predatory Publishers and Author’s Rights
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Room 315, Dunbar Library: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Jane Wildermuth, Head of Digital Services, and Elisabeth Shook, Digital Initiatives Librarian, discuss issues surrounding predatory publishers and holding on to author copyrights. Attendees will 1) evaluate various publishers to learn how to identify predatory publishers, 2) discover resources available to help in avoiding predatory publishers, and 3) understand how to keep their copyright during the publishing process.

What’s New in SelectedWorks
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Room 315, Dunbar Library: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Learn how CORE Scholar can help faculty create a SelectedWorks page to distribute scholarly materials in an attractive and professional manner. Even if you already have a SelectedWorks page, plan on attending to learn from Jane Wildermuth and Elisabeth Shook about the new improvements to SelectedWorks profile pages.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Another Successful Ohio IR Day

On April 17th, the Spring Ohio IR Day took place at the State Library of Ohio.  Thirty-two librarians, archivist, and technologist came together to share experiences and learn about institutional repositories.  We heard presentations on harvesting content, ORCID, flippingbooks, 360 Photography, and more.  Emily Flynn, OhioLINK, did a great job summarizing the day in her blog post.

We are soliciting feedback at this point.  If you have any suggestions, thoughts, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me ( and I will share this information with the IR Day planning committee.

Ohio IR Day – Spring 2015

The agenda has now been set for the upcoming Ohio IR Day on April 17, 2015 at the State Library of Ohio.  There will be lightning rounds that will focus on different aspects of managing institutional repositories. Emily Flynn of OhioLINK will be the main speaker, discussing how to harvest ETDs into your repository and how OhioLINK utilizes ORCID in the ETD Center.

April 17, 2015 Schedule:

  • 10:00 – 10:05 am   – Welcome
  • 10:05 – 10:30 am – Institutional Introductions
  • 10:30-11:00 am – Emily Flynn, OhioLINK, How to Harvest ETDs into your Repository & The Use of ORCID in the ETD Center
  • 11:00 – Noon – Lightning Rounds
    • Andrew Harris – Issues between IR and EDS
    • Greg Martin – FlippingBook
    • Amy Parsons – Mapping between DC and MARC
    • Fran Rice – 360 Photography
    • Liz Richardson – Using Digital Commons Submission Management to Manage Workflow
    • Elisabeth Shook – Dayton Literary Peace Prize
  • Noon – 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm – Birds of a Feather Discussions

If you would like to come to the event, please register soon.  Be sure to indicate if you would like to be included for lunch.  We will be ordering pizza, salad, & drinks for $8 per person.

The Three P’s of Scholarly Publishing

Many publishers are slowly loosening restrictions on authors who wish to repost their work. A large number now allow an author or an author’s employer to post the pre-print or post-print on the web with certain restrictions (a publisher’s statement, an embargo, etc.). This is great news for authors and Institutional Repositories alike, but what we have found is that many authors don’t understand the differences between the various iterations of their work. Below is a short explanation:

Pre-Print: The pre-print version of a publication generally refers to the first draft. This is the version before any peer-review has been performed, and well before the publisher applies any formatting.

Post-Print: The post-print often refers to the version of a work after peer-review has been done and edits have been made, but before the publisher applies branding and formatting. It may be called the final author’s version, the accepted version, or some iteration thereof.

Publisher’s Version: Publisher’s version is the version of the work that is actually published. It generally features the publisher’s branding and formatting, and has page numbers, copyright statements, and anything else the author did not apply in their version.

Many publishers, including well-known names such as Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley, allow pre-prints and post-prints to be added to an author’s Institutional Repository. Unfortunately, many authors do not save their final version before publication, so the opportunity to distribute material to scholars world-wide is missed. We urge faculty to hold on to all versions of their work.

It may be difficult to find the specific copyright parameters you are expected to follow via the publisher’s website. A helpful tool, SHERPA/RoMEO, keeps a current database of most publisher policies, and links you directly to the publisher’s copyright page. SHERPA/RoMEO is incredibly helpful, but it is sometimes hard to keep-up-to-date. I encourage you to use SHERA/RoMEO as starting point, but not as the final word.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Digital Services. We are happy to help!