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ALL-SIS Scholarly Communications & Author's Rights Toolkit



Scholarship Sharing Checklist

Pre-submission For best results, send a pre-print copy in Word to your library liaison. You will be required to confirm your email address when we register you.
ORCID – register for a unique identifier to ensure proper attribution and author association (e.g., duplicate names).
  Set up and link a Kudos profile to your ORCID. Kudos is an award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications.
  Link your ORCID to your author profiles at SCOPUS, Mendeley, Hein Author Profile and/or ResearcherID.
  Set up your Google Scholar Author Profile with your academic email ( Add articles you've authored using Google suggestions or manually. The profile is critical for accurate impact and citation metrics. Google Scholar pulls from SSRN, HeinOnline, and other leading publishers.
  Review your SSRN author page for completeness and accuracy.
Format for SEO How to format your paper for Search Engine Optimization
  Write your article in Microsoft Word and enter metadata.  To enter meta data select File > Info (this is a landing page). In the second column, enter the “Title” and “Author” and enter keywords in “Tags,” including cross-disciplines.
  Create a PDF version with text recognition for SEO and access for visually impaired readers in one easy step! Save the final version as a PDF by selecting File > Save as Adobe PDF. This is the simplest way to ensure that the full text can be searched for SEO and also can be read by screen readers. If your research is not in Word, ask your librarian for help.
  Add or correct metadata , including cross-disciplines, using the PDF properties: title, author, keywords. Search engines look at the “back end” of material to determine what should appear in search results, called Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Go to File > Properties. If you entered the data in Word under “Info” above, it will be pre-populated.
  Write a lay summary of your research that includes critical search terms. This is NOT the same as the abstract.
Submit your article with Scholastica, via email, or the forthcoming Scholar Sift
  Preprints: submit pre-prints to SSRN and/or LawArXiv, law repository.
Pre-publication after journal acceptance
  Use the law journal “impact factor to decide among journals for multiple acceptances.
  Protect your author rights! Before signing the publishing contract, add the SPARC addendum to ensure that you retain your right to access and reuse. See SPARC addendum link for instructions.
  Post the pre-print to SSRN (with metadata, as above).
  Send a copy of the article to the law library for inclusion in our institutional repository, in metadata resources, and in institutional social media. Include (1) article, (2) abstract, (3) authors, (4) citation, (5) lay summary, (6) key search terms.
  Update any working papers or preprints with links to the finished article. This may be a version in our bepress Digital Commons (or the DOI link) or SSRN.
  Update your faculty profile page and CV to reflect recent publications, linking to the article.
  Update your professional profiles to reflect your recent publication. Examples include Google Scholar, Hein Author Profile,, and
Social media to raise your metrics (scholarly impact)
  Ask your department or institution to share the research on their blog or newsfeed.
  Send a link to your article to your colleagues.
  Share your article on Twitter and Facebook. Featuring a surprising conclusion is a good hook.
  Share your article on other social media platforms, examples include,, and LinkedIn.
  Write a blog post about your article. If you have a personal blog, this is a great place to present insights and related topics. If you don’t have a personal blog, write a guest blog post for a colleague. For ideas, see the ABA’s blawg directory, Law Professor Blogs, the Faculty Lounge and Prawfs Blawgs.

Adapted from Duke University Press Journal Sharing Checklist.