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Scholarly Communication: Additional Information

Citation Management

This LibGuide will provide information on Author Identifiers and Bibliographic Management Software:

Author Identifier is a unique number to identify each author.

Why should you consider getting and using an author identifier?

  • Bring together all your publications (for instance, you published as Jane Smith, Jane L. Smith, JL Smith, J Smith, etc.)
  • Create an authoritative list of all your publications throughout your career
  • Enable better discovery of your scholarly output

What administrative efficiencies do author identifiers offer?

  • More accurately measure citations of individual papers or authors
  • Easier evaluation of an author’s productivity and impact in his/her field
  • Simplified data handling and richer cross-referencing are possible


Journal Selection and Evaluation

This LibGuide will provide information on Discovering Journals, Evaluating Publishers and Impact Measures:


SPIN Funding Database

This LibGuide will help you to learn more about and access the SPIN database:

SPIN, which stands for Sponsored Programs Information Network, is an extensive research funding opportunity database. SPIN contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 sponsors. It’s available through the library's database list and linked on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.



Measuring Impact

This LibGuide will provide addtional informatino on Measuring Impact:

Measuring the impact of your scholarly work goes well past the familiar Journal Impact Factor.  When preparing your Personal Action Dossier for tenure and promotion or when preparing a grant application, including the number of citations your article has had to date, your h-Index, and/or  the impact factor of the journals that have published your work can help show in quantitative terms the reach and value of your work.  See the page in this guide for more information about additional indices, including those focused on the individual author and that author's work through time.  See also this page for information about Alternative Metrics (altmetrics) and Article-Level Metrics.



This LibGuide will provide more information on Copyright:

ECU faculty, staff, and students have a responsibility to use materials in compliance with US Copyright law. To assist with compliance, this guide has been created with advice on frequently ask questions and links to further resources and help from ECU's Copyright Officer. Of particular note, consult the following.

  • ECU released a new Copyright Regulation in 2013. This replaces the former policy from the Faculty Manual.
  • The University of North Carolina system has a Copyright Policy
  • The ECU Office of Technology Transfer has posted an intermediate level document,Copyright Basics, written by the Copyright Taskforce of the University of North Carolina.
  • U.S. Copyright law and court cases interpreting it supersede these policies if there is a conflict.

Copyright law might seem vague. This is because the law is written broadly and refined by court cases, so there might only be general principles to follow rather than a definitive “right or wrong” answer. With the easy ability to photocopy, scan, duplicate, rip, and save all manner of materials, it often seems that since something can be copied without asking permission that doing so must be okay. This simply is not the case. It is important for you to understand the basics of copyright law and how to obtain permission to use other people's works - just as you might want your works to be protected.