Are you a VCU student or faculty member who has created some scholarly work? If so, VCU urges you to share this work with the rest of the VCU community by submitting a copy of your work to the Scholars Compass. In its own words,
Scholars Compass is a publishing platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities. Its goal is to provide wide and stable access to the exemplary work of VCU’s faculty, researchers, students, and staff. VCU Libraries administers and oversees the Scholars Compass.
Scholars Compass hosts content that is produced, submitted, or sponsored by VCU faculty, researchers, or staff, and demonstrates scholarly, educational, or research value. Presentations at professional conferences and publications in scholarly venues from graduate and professional students are encouraged. Other content produced or submitted by VCU students must be sponsored by VCU faculty, researchers, or staff.
A quick search through the repository provided some thought-provoking titles, including
THE POLITICS OF TEA AND THEATRE: HOW WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE GROUPS USED TEA AND THEATRE TO INFLUENCE WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS WOMEN TO BECOME POLITICALLY ACTIVE
Publication: Theses and Dissertations
As the Compass notes, in order to provide a copy of a document to the Compass, the author must have retained the copyright to the work:
Authors must own the copyright for (or have permission to post) work submitted to Scholars Compass. Authors grant the university a non-exclusive, perpetual right to use the digital assets for non-commercial use. Because authors retain the copyright for all content posted in the repository, they are free to reuse the content elsewhere.
This raises an implicit but important point: although an author receives a copyright to her article as soon as she writes it, she needs to make sure that the journal to which she submits it does not take all the copyrights to the work. Anytime you publish an article or work, the best practice is to retain some copyrights for yourself. That way, you can share it with the Compass or, potentially, other publishing platforms.
One last thing on the Compass: it is part of VCU Libraries’ general promotion of open access resources. That is an effort well worth reading about, and may be worthy of its very own blog post at a later date. This seems like enough for now.