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Open Scholarship: Presence, Rights and Risks



James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 3-101
1201 E. Marshall St., Richmond, Va. 23298


VCU Libraries and the VCU School of Medicine Office of Falculty Affairs are partnering to bring two new lunchtime learning opportunities on cultivating an online scholarly presence. Please register for one or both events so that we can order lunches.


Oct. 21, noon-1:30 p.m.

Cultivating an Online Scholarly Presence

Presented by:

  • Margaret Henderson, Director, Research Data Management, VCU Libraries
  • Hillary Miller, Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, VCU Libraries


  • Identify best practices for creating scholarly profiles online
  • Examine different scholarly profile services and understand the benefits and drawbacks of each
  • Discuss best practices for sharing published scholarship and data online

This workshop will review some of the systems and tools you can use to manage your online presence and make suggestions for keeping it accurate and up to date.

Oct. 26, noon-1:30 p.m.

Medical Scholarship and Publishing

Presented by:

  • Madelyn Wessel, J.D. General Counsel, VCU


  • Identify "standard" publishing agreements (books and journals) and the rights you can lose in those unread contracts
  • Learn strategies to negotiate better terms with publishing agreements
  • See problems in cloud, social media and "click-through" contracts 

Understanding author's rights, scholarly contracts and publishing agreements in journals is essential for faculty and researchers. Join University Counsel Madelyn Wessel, J.D., as she discusses strategies to negotiate better contract terms and addresses the opportunities and risks of publishing in open-access journals and open data portals.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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