What Is Scholarly Communication, and Why Should I Care About It?
Scholarly communication is a multi-faceted term that encompasses various aspects of research and scholarship. It can be defined succinctly as “the creation, transformation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge related to teaching, research and scholarly activities” (http://scholarlycommunications.wustl.edu/about/index.html a joint project of Washington University Libraries and Bernard Becker Medical Library).
What Is an Institutional Repository?
According to Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition of Networked Information, "A university-based institutional repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members."
With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit— and only on the conditions you specify. If you are unfamiliar with Creative Commons licensing, Creativecommons.org has prepared some basic things that you should think about before you apply a Creative Commons license to your work, and a list of FAQ's for you to use to determine if a Creative Commons license is right for you.
Know Your Rights as an Author