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RAM Scholar

This is a digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes scholarly output of the university. Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communications. The repository facilitates open access scholarly communications while preserving the scholarly legacy of Albany State University faculty, staff and students.  The repository contains many types of content, including electronic theses, dissertations, yearbooks, faculty paper, faculty publications and books, technical reports, conference proceedings, and digitized maps.

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Open Access

Open Access is the free, instant, online availability of research articles and the rights to use the articles completely in their digital format. We invest in research ultimately to enrich the public good. Cost barriers or use restrictions can limit the use of that research. There are three main tools that can be used to enable Open Access:

  • Open Access Publishing:  Authors can choose to publish their research articles in an increasing number of journals that are Open Access.  Articles are free to all readers. There are no financial or copyright barriers placed between the publisher and the readers of the article. A comprehensive list of Open Access journals is provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • Digital Repositories:  Authors can choose to deposit their research articles in a Digital Repository (sometimes called an Institutional Repository) which follow all of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) standards, and allow readers to freely access and reuse the article text. The RAM Scholar is considered a digital respository.
  • Effectively Managed Author Rights:  As the authors of a research paper, you have ability to ensure that your article can be accessed and used by an extensive audience. It is vital that as an author you know your rights. More information about Author Rights is available at SPARC.

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