The University of Illinois values the free exchange of ideas, and one way that value is demonstrated at UIS is through the publication of faculty research in “open access” formats. Open Access means journals (or manuscripts in a journal) which are freely available on the internet. The Open Access movement in academia is designed to provide the broadest possible access to research and scholarship while still protecting the faculty’s right to determine how to best showcase this research and scholarship
Due to additional publication costs, not all UIS faculty publications are Open Access, but an increasing number of them are. We recently produced a list of articles freely available on our Faculty Research website.
For example, Dr. Michael Lemke (BIO) and co-authors from UIS, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Illinois Natural History Survey, The Nature Conservancy, and the University of Maringa (Brazil) published a series of articles in Hydrobiologia, an international peer-reviewed journal of freshwater science. The articles describe research performed at The Emiquon Preserve in the Illinois River valley.
Another way that UIS faculty and students share the results of their work is through our institutional repository, IDEALS. The Illinois Digital Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship is a permanent online resource, where UI faculty and students can post their work for no charge. Depending upon the copyright agreements with a publisher, the work may be made freely available to the public through the IDEALS site, which is searchable. While some faculty use professional social media sites, like ResearchGate or Academia, to share their work, IDEALS is the official source for UI publications.
For example, Dr. Karen Swan (EDL) posted a copy of her article from Internet and Higher Education, on student valuations of a survey instrument related to her Community of Inquiry research in online learning.
Questions about IDEALS, how to access Journals at UIS, or the UI Open Access policy, can be addressed to Mr. H. Stephen McMinn, Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications for the UIS Brookens Library.