Month: October 2018

Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week is an annual worldwide event that is celebrated in the last full week in October. Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic world and research community to highlight Open Access (O.A.) and its potential benefits. The hope of this focus on sharing of information is that it will inspire and encourage the sharing of data, research, and scholarship. October 22-26 is Open Access Week this year, and to celebrate it we wanted to talk a little bit about how CORE Scholar supports Open Access.

What is CORE Scholar?

CORE Scholar is Wright State University’s Institutional Repository (IR). An institutional repository is a website maintained by the University Libraries where we collect the scholarly output Wright State faculty, students, and staff and make it freely and openly available to the world. CORE Scholar currently provides access to a growing collection of over 30,000 records that have been accessed by 39,000 plus institutions in 229 countries. Some of the items that we collect and host are:

  •        Scholarly Articles
  •        Monographs
  •        eBooks
  •        Course Materials
  •        Online Journals
  •        Conference Proceedings
  •        Videos
  •        Audio Recordings
  •        Gray Literature

How does CORE Scholar support Open Access?

Open Access (O.A.) is the concept of making scholarship and research materials open and freely available to users/researchers. This democratizes access to important scholarship and data, allowing everyone to have the same access to information, thus allowing anyone to learn, replicate, or research information further.

CORE Scholar supports Open Access by actively searching for the scholarly output of our WSU scholars The IR provides a centralized web presence of over 30,000 records in this repository. In addition to that, we work to provide consistent metadata and organization with all items in CORE Scholar to enable anyone in the world access to Wright State’s scholarship. The metadata that we collect, edit, and create enhances discovery, access, and delivery of content.  

Open Education Resources (OERs)

This year, as part of our continuing efforts to provide access to the scholarship in CORE Scholar, we have created a new section called Open Education Resource (OER). Open Education Resources are education materials that are any open and free for users to potentially share, copy, or adapt. OER’s may include syllabi, books, curricula, and more. This new community within our IR collects a variety of materials within CORE Scholar, that we hope to grow over time.  

To learn more about Open Access and Open Access Week visit


What Happens When a Journal Title is Cancelled?

It’s complicated.

The University Libraries’ have finished the journal cancellation process and sent the resulting cancellations to our vendors. Although cancellations are difficult, we appreciate the input that we received from faculty members as we identified titles to cancel. The Libraries cancelled about 285 titles costing over $500,000. Cancellations were spread across disciplines. A complete list of the cancelled titles can be found here.

When the library cancels an online journal subscription, we lose access to new content published after the cancellation. Most of the University Libraries’ subscriptions run on a calendar year, so our access to new content ends on December 31. However, with few exceptions, our licenses guarantee us continued access to content published during the years we had a subscription.


The Libraries subscribed to the online version of International Journal of Plant Sciences from 2007-2018. Beginning in 2019, we will still have access to content published between 2007 and 2018, but we will not have access to new content from 2019 forward.

Short Backfiles:

It is common for publishers to give libraries complementary access to short backfiles of titles to which they have current online subscriptions. In those cases, when the library cancels subscriptions, it loses access to the short backfiles as well.


Using International Journal of Plant Sciences again, the publisher gave complementary access to content back to 1998 with the library’s current subscription. After cancellation, the library will retain access to the subscribed years (2007-2018), but will lose access to the years 1998-2006.

Full-Text Content in Aggregator Databases:

Journal content is often available in aggregated databases such as Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete, although new content may be subject to an embargo. While this access is not guaranteed (publishers can stop providing their content or the library could cancel the database subscription), this access can reduce the impact of losing access to short backfiles and allow ongoing access to new content, albeit with a delay.


International Journal of Plant Sciences has full-text coverage in Academic Search Complete from the year 1993 forward with a 1-year embargo on new content.  Now, post-cancellation, the loss of the short backfile is not an issue and new content will become available with a one-year delay.

Full-Text Content in JSTOR Archives:

Unlike content in aggregator databases, JSTOR is a permanent archive of journal content. It also provides coverage for all of the titles included back to the first volume and issue.


International Journal of Plant Sciences is included in JSTOR’s Life Sciences Archive Collection. There is a four-year embargo on new content, but content under the current title and the previous titles (Botanical Bulletin and Botanical Gazette) is available back to volume 1 published in 1875 with a four-year embargo.

What’s the Bottom Line?

For International Journal of Plant Sciences, after cancellation we will continue to have access to all content with a one-year embargo on new content.

For current content of this journal and for access to content from all of the journals the Libraries have been forced to cancel, interlibrary loan services will be available. For more information on interlibrary loan, see the Libraries’ website and our earlier blog post.

Have Questions?

Our librarians are available to help you navigate journal access.  Please direct other comments and questions to Karen Wilhoit (; 775-3039).

Free Workshop! Trademark Basics – It’s All in a Name

Register online for our FREE Trademark Basics workshop: 

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dunbar Library, Room 241/242

A trademark is a powerful tool for establishing your name in the marketplace. Jay Sorensen, the inventor of the Java Jacket®, has remarked that his trademark is more valuable than his patent. Why? People remember the trademark of his product, not the patent number. How do you go about getting a trademark or service mark?   How do you avoid the dreaded “cease-and-desist” letters? The first thing you have to do is to determine whether your trademark conflicts with current marks being used in the marketplace. It is not as simple as typing in a word in the USPTO trademark research database, TESS. For example, a search for the word juice would look like this: *j{v:2}{”sc”}*[bi,ti]. This type of search is called “pattern matching” and it will be explained and covered in the workshop. You also need to consider similar sounding words regardless of meaning, foreign equivalents, transposition of words, synonyms, design and more!

The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is offering a free trademark workshop for beginning entrepreneurs and small businesses. Join us Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 241 of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library on the WSU campus.

Designed for those with little to no knowledge about intellectual property marks, the workshop will review trademark basics, including the differences between federal, state and common law marks. The mechanics of searching registered marks will be demonstrated using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site and the USPTO trademark database TESS.   A hand’s on portion will allow participants to practice some of the skills learned during the workshop.  A TEASPlus application filing will be demonstrated.  Evidence of use and specimens will also be explained.

Seating for the workshop is limited. For more information, contact Ran Raider, government and history librarian for the University Libraries, at or by calling (937) 775-3521.

Registration is required:

In 2000, the WSU Libraries were designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).