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Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern University

Resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion

Scholarly Communication Newsletter - September 2020

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Georgia Southern Is Now in Sherpa Romeo!

Georgia Southern University is now registered as an open access publisher in Sherpa Romeo. Eleven of the Libraries' nineteen journals are now included in this high-profile index!

Inclusion in Sherpa Romeo improves the scholarly profile of the University Libraries, Georgia Southern Commons, and our journals in the open access marketplace, including the following benefits:

  • Third-party indexers (e.g., EBSCO, ProQuest, ERIC) are more likely to index our journals, increasing their discoverability and use.
  • Inclusion allows our journals to apply for special statuses with third-party indexers which further increases their scholarly profile (e.g., DOAJ Seal of Approval).
  • Researchers are more likely to discover our journals as potential outlets for their research.
  • Journal editors are better able to recruit quality research for publication in our journals.

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Sherpa Romeo is an online index that aggregates and analyses publisher copyright and open access policies and provides summaries on a journal-by-journal basis. Every registered publisher or journal is carefully reviewed and analysed by Sherpa Romeo's specialist team. The policy information provided through this service primarily aims to serve the academic research community. Since the service launched over 15 years ago, publisher policies and the open access sector have changed a lot. Open access policy can be complex and varies by geographical location, the institution, and the various routes to open access — all of which impacts how and where researchers can publish their scholarship.

See our profile and registered journals here:

To learn more about hosting journals and conference proceedings with Georgia Southern Commons, see our journals page or contact the Georgia Southern Commons Team at

PlumX Updates

As announced in the July newsletter, PlumX Metrics have been integrated into Georgia Southern Commons Author and Collection dashboards. The Georgia Southern Commons Team emailed shareable URLs for PlumX Metrics to each faculty member with a SelectedWorks profile and to campus administrators at the college and department level. 

Profile holders and departments with Georgia Southern Commons collections are now able to assess and share impact by viewing and harvesting PlumX data directly from their dashboards. The PlumX Snapshot offers traditional and non-traditional metrics for your work - including citations, usage, captures, and social media mentions - that help demonstrate how people are interacting with your research.


View of PlumX Dashboard


A few quick tips for leveraging data using the PlumX Snapshot:

  • Click on one of the five tiles on the PlumX Snapshot to sort the table below it into subcategories. 
  • Use the up arrow to sort one of the subcategories, then click on a title for PlumX Metrics details.
  • See the full PlumX record by clicking on the link at the bottom of the PlumX Metrics details. 

This is the perfect time to let us update (or create) your SelectedWorks profile. Simply send a copy of your current CV to the Georgia Southern Commons Team. We'll build or spruce up your profile and add recent works to the institutional repository. Up-to-date profiles increase the visibility of your work and help demonstrate the scholarly output of your department and the University. If you have any questions, please contact the Georgia Southern Commons Team at

September Webinars

SelectedWorks Profiles: Create Your Online Scholarly Presence

A professional online presence serves as an introduction to your research and scholarly activity. Establishing a SelectedWorks profile with Georgia Southern’s institutional repository lets faculty archive their research, increase discoverability, and track impact with analytics. This webinar would likely be of interest to faculty on the Armstrong Campus, new faculty, and those who want to learn more about the Georgia Southern Commons and SelectedWorks.

Attend via Zoom:

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Evaluating Journal Quality (and Avoiding Predatory Journals)

To maximize the impact of your research as you participate in the scholarly conversation, it is essential to identify appropriate publication venues to promote and disseminate your work. In this webinar, we will explore tools for evaluating journal quality and appropriateness for your research, and how to avoid 'predatory' or exploitative journals and publishers.

Attend via Zoom:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm button graphic - click to register

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