The New eScholarship@BC:
More than a pretty interface

eScholarship@BC is a sharing and preservation solution for your scholarship. It provides access, without economic barriers, to Boston College scholarship throughout the world, supporting our mission to create and distribute knowledge. The new interface is attractive and clean, with added features that reflect usage analytics and search engine optimization. The home page highlights the most viewed items and recent additions.

Why should you deposit work here?
You've worked hard on your scholarship, you want it read by as many people as possible, you want it cited and you want it to last. Recently, in a meeting with Graduate Program Directors, I was asked why an author should consider placing work in eScholarship@BC if they have already published it and, perhaps, put copies on their website and on a third-party site like Academia.edu.

Publishing your journal article provides the authority of review and the prestige accorded to the underlying publication. It may, however, provide access only to the select few who subscribe or are fortunate enough to work in a subscribing institution. Adding the publication to a website or third party site provides greater access and visibility but may violate copyright transfer agreements. Many publishers frown on the practice and some take action against it.

More visibility is always better, and eScholarship@BC is another opportunity to have your work found, read and cited. Although many publishers are reluctant to allow open posting on websites they often permit self-archiving in your institution's repository. And, as you build your collection, you can make sure to reserve this right in future contracts.

Preservation is another key reason to build a collection of your work in eScholarship@BC. Your digital work is preserved for the long term through regular automated integrity checks and by a cooperative network of distributed digital repositories. If your website or the commercial site goes down you may have no easy way to restore the material. Your work in the repository can be retrieved from one of our distributed partners where it resides in archives maintained for preservation only, not for public access. We work to ensure that your scholarship will be accurately preserved into the future, even as formats and technologies evolve.

In addition, as we are reminded by Error 404 and by a recent article in PLOS ONE*, not all links are persistent. We assign permanent links to each item, ensuring that you can embed your link in a CV or website and be confident that the content will not disappear.

How do you include your work?
eScholarship@BC can store and provide access to a wide range of formats, including text, images, video and data. We have provided an easy deposit form for users. Faculty who wish to deposit journal articles, for instance, can upload a CV and submit it directly through the site. Library staff will analyze journals' self-archiving policies and communicate with the faculty member about which articles can be deposited. We are finding that in many disciplines a majority of articles can be made accessible.

Maintaining a collection as part of a Boston College repository also has advantages. You can aggregate your work with others in your department and showcase it as part of the scholarly output of Boston College. Your Boston College webpage can link to your work in eScholarship@BC.

The eScholarship@BC "About" page is a good place to learn more about the benefits of deposit in an open access repository.

What can be included?
We have a comprehensive policy document on the site, but faculty deposits can be scholarly or creative work, including published work, research center reports, working papers, images, publication interviews, teaching materials and datasets. You may have materials that you want to share and preserve that we have not anticipated. Please let us know what they are. More information about depositing your work is available on the FAQ page and your subject specialist librarian is also a good resource.

Some examples:

Reports from Boston College's Research Centers

Been a Long Time Coming: Social entrepreneurship in later life. Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Berzin, S., Halvorsen, C.J. The Sloan Center on Aging and Work. 2014.

Been a Long Time Coming: Social entrepreneurship in later life. Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Berzin, S., Halvorsen, C.J. TheSloan Center on Aging and Work. 2014.

Faculty Publication Highlights Interviews

Interview with Marina McCoy on Wounded Heroes.

Interview with Marina McCoy on Wounded Heroes.

Wounded heroes: Vulnerability as a virtue in ancient Greek literature and philosophy, was published by Oxford University Press as an open access book, under a Creative Commons license, so the text is also included in our repository.

Faculty-created teaching materials

Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology. Clare O’Connor. 2014-2015.

Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology. Clare O'Connor. 2014-2015.

Research data

Data on survey of retirement preparedness and home equity. Center for Retirement Research. 2007.

Data on survey of retirement preparedness and home equity. Center for Retirement Research. 2007.

What's next?
We will be working to add new features and enhancements to the site, including more advanced usage analytics. We want eScholarship@BC to meet your needs for sharing and preserving your work. Please visit escholarship.bc.edu and let us know how we can improve it. Questions and suggestions can be sent to Emily Toner, eScholarship Repository Librarian, or to Jane Morris, Head Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Research.

Tell us what you want to deposit and we'll take it from there.

*Klein M, Van de Sompel H, Sanderson R, Shankar H, Balakireva L, et al. (2014) Scholarly Context Not Found: One in Five Articles Suffers from Reference Rot. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115253. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115253

Jane Morris
Head Librarian,
Scholarly Communications and Research

Emily Toner
eScholarship Repository Librarian