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This guide provides information about the University of Kentucky's institutional repository, UKnowledge.

UKnowledge Services for Students

Students at the University of Kentucky (UK) contribute their scholarly works to UKnowledge in different ways.  For example:

Moreover, UK student groups publish open access journals using the UKnowledge journal publishing services, e.g., disClosure.  If you would like to use or have questions about the services, please feel free to contact the UKnowledge staff by e-mail

Last but not least, students are welcome to contribute to the journals hosted on UKnowledge.

Services about Author Rights

The UKnowledge staff also provides consultation services about author rights. 

The SPARC Author Addendum page states:

"The author is the copyright holder. As the author of a work you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer the copyright to someone else in a signed agreement.  Assigning your rights matters...  An author who has transferred copyright without retaining these rights must ask permission unless the use is one of the statutory exemptions in copyright law." 

It is also important to note that "[t]ransferring copyright doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The law allows you to transfer copyright while holding back rights for yourself and others."

Visit this page for more information on author rights.  Also feel free to contact the UKnowledge staff by e-mail for assistance. 

Scholarly Communication Topics of Interest

In addition to author rights, there are other scholarly communication topics that are of interest:

If you have any questions about these topics, please feel free to contact the UKnowledge staff by e-mail.

ORCID ID for Researchers

There is an international initiative that addresses problems related to confirming the identity of researchers with similar or the same name. It is ORCID, which issues unique identifiers to distinguish individual researchers. Different stakeholders in the research community, including funding agencies, higher education institutions, and publishers, plan to adopt the ORCID ID as a means to disambiguate the identity of researchers and to track their scholarly activities and contributions. More information about ORCID is available from the video below. 

Click here to register for an ORCID ID. Once you have created the ID, take some time to add information about yourself and your research outputs.  This will help build your professional online presence and reputation.  Last but not least, remember to add the ORCID ID to your CV, scholarly publications, grant applications, and academic profiles such as a personal Web page. This will help clarify your identity as a scholar among others who have names similar to or same as yours.

Benefits of Publishing Student Works Online

In the video below, students from Augustana College talk about the benefits of sharing their academic work online via the College's institutional repository. 

Videos of Scholarly Communication Topics

The videos below are about scholarly communication topics that are of interest to students and junior scholars.  If you have any questions about them, feel free to contact the UKnowledge staff by e-mail for assistance. 

Open Access Explained!

Discovering Open Practices for Early Career Researchers

An Introduction to the Basics of Research Data

Fair Use without Fear in the Academy