EESC Publishing FAQs

Publishing with EESC

The OSU Extension Catalog

Extension Publications and ScholarsArchive at OSU

 

Publishing with EESC

Why publish in the OSU Extension Catalog?

The OSU Extension Catalog is the source for current, peer-reviewed, research-based learning materials published by OSU Extension. It is an active and growing resource, delivering learning materials in a variety of media for use in a variety of outreach and engagement activities and programs.

The OSU Extension Catalog connects Extension with those we serve. It is one of OSU Extension’s strongest examples of public outreach and engagement and makes it possible for people who seek information to find reliable, credible, useful information from a trusted source.

Periodic review is built into the EESC publishing process, ensuring that catalog materials are reviewed regularly (by faculty content experts) and updated as needed.

 

Why publish with EESC?

Partnering with EESC, OSU Extension’s designated publisher, offers numerous advantageous for Extension faculty.

  • Quality. All OSU Extension Catalog publications are edited and designed by communication professionals. Our publishing team has decades of professional publishing experience and has received numerous national awards for our work.
  • Recognized scholarship. All OSU Extension Catalog publications go through peer review and are recognized as a form of scholarship.
  • Digital preservation. In partnership with ScholarsArchive at OSU, EESC archives all OSU Extension Catalog publications.
  • Copyright management. EESC is the copyright steward for OSU Extension Catalog publications. We ensure that all necessary copyright permissions are documented for the materials we publish, and we respond to outside requests for reproducing items we have published.
  • Regional collaboration. EESC is part of the PNW publishing cooperative, which fosters collaboration among authors from different states, expands the audience for publications, and helps reduce costs. For more information, see the Author's Guide to Pacific Northwest Extension Publishing (pdf, 166 kb).

 

How do I get something published in the OSU Extension Catalog?

When Extension faculty decide that a numbered publication within the OSU Extension Catalog is the best way to publish their research-based work, they submit a publishing proposal to EESC.

Learn more about the publishing process and submit a proposal »

 

Do I need funding to publish in the OSU Extension Catalog?

EESC has a publishing budget for normal publishing projects. If a proposed project is very large in scope, resource-heavy, etc., EESC may request that the author pitch in funds. This is one of the reasons why it's important to submit a proposal early.

 

How does the "4-year review" of publications work?

The review process is not onerous. Authors are asked to indicate whether the publication:

  1. is still accurate as is—if yes, it remains in the catalog with a new review date; or
  2. should be revised—if yes, EESC will work with the authors on that process; or
  3. is out of date and should no longer be distributed—upon the authors' recommendation, it will be removed from the catalog but remain in ScholarsArchive at OSU in perpetuity.

Authors don't need to keep track of when to review their catalog publications. EESC tracks that and will send a request for review when it's time for that to happen.

 

The OSU Extension Catalog

Can I post publications from the OSU Extension Catalog on my own website?

You may link to publications in the OSU Extension Catalog. It is always best and preferable to use the official publication URL instead of posting a separate PDF or creating a different URL.

To find the official publication URL:

  • Find the publication in the OSU Extension Catalog.
  • Put your mouse over the "view it now" link.
  • Right click the link, and select "Copy link location."

 

How do I look up usage statistics for an OSU Extension Catalog publication?

Please refer to the ScholarsArchive at OSU FAQs for information on searching, browsing, and looking up usage statistics.

 

Why are publications removed from the OSU Extension Catalog? Who makes this decision?

In accordance with academic publishing standards and best practices, the catalog is no longer a repository for all titles ever published by OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The OSU Library, through ScholarsArchive at OSU, now serves as the permanent steward of these items.

To begin the transition from "catalog as repository" to "library as repository," EESC asked authors to confirm the accuracy of publications that had not been reviewed for 10 to 25 years. If a content expert said the content was out of date, if there was no response, or if authors were no longer available, the publication was removed from the catalog and the date of removal noted in the publication's ScholarsArchive at OSU record.

EESC is now working with authors and program leaders to ensure that all publications in the OSU Extension Catalog have been reviewed or revised within the past 5 to 10 years. Eventually, each publication will be on a 4-year review schedule.

Current EESC policy is to contact the appropriate program leader if the authors are no longer available or do not respond.

 

What if I think an out-of-date publication that was removed from the OSU Extension Catalog should still be in there?

If an out-of-date publication was removed from the catalog but the authors (or new authors, if needed) would like the topic to be available again, they may propose a new publication or a revision, and EESC will work with them on that process.

If authors (or new authors, if needed) believe the publication should be included in the catalog as is, they may contact EESC. If the original author(s) or new content expert responsible for the publication confirms that the content is still accurate, EESC will include the publication in the catalog and update the publication’s record in ScholarsArchive at OSU.

 

If a publication isn't in the OSU Extension Catalog anymore, is it just gone?

No. The partnership between EESC and the OSU Library ensures that all titles published by OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station—from 1880 to the present—are digitally preserved and publicly accessible in the university's institutional repository, ScholarsArchive at OSU.

 

Extension Publications and ScholarsArchive at OSU

Why are EESC and the OSU Library working together?

With ScholarsArchive at OSU as a partner, EESC can assure that the OSU Extension Catalog contains the most up-to-date, recently reviewed, research-based information.

At the same time, the OSU Library, through ScholarsArchive at OSU, ensures that publications documenting OSU Extension's more than 100 years of research and experience are preserved and available to historians and the public.

 

I tried to find a publication in ScholarsArchive at OSU but had no success. Does that mean it's not in there?

There are a variety of ways to easily search or browse ScholarsArchive at OSU. Please refer to the ScholarsArchive at OSU FAQs for information on searching, browsing, and looking up usage statistics.

EESC does not manage or administer ScholarsArchive at OSU. If you have questions or difficulties when using ScholarsArchive at OSU, contact Sue Kunda, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

 

Is ScholarsArchive at OSU just for publications that were published by EESC?

No. ScholarsArchive at OSU is the university’s digital repository for collecting, archiving, and providing access to OSU research and scholarship. There are collections of theses, dissertations, technical reports, conference proceedings, and faculty publications.

Placing your research in ScholarsArchive at OSU provides free, unrestricted access to your work to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. Everything is full-text searchable, making it discoverable through Google, GoogleScholar, and other large search engines.

All OSU Extension faculty are encouraged to submit their individual faculty research publications to the appropriate collection. For information and assistance, contact Sue Kunda, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

 

EESC doesn't publish station annual reports anymore. How can I provide wider access to this valuable research?

Though EESC lost funding to publish AES annual reports, the department still wanted to find a way to help station faculty deliver their research to the public. ScholarsArchive at OSU provides an excellent solution.

EESC requested that the library house all AES reports under the College of Agricultural Sciences community in ScholarsArchive at OSU in a new collection called Agricultural Experiment Station Reports and Annual Reports. This collection is the repository for all station reports past and future. For more information or assistance with submitting new reports to this collection, contact Sue Kunda, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

AES annual reports through 2009 that were published by EESC also are housed in the EESC community in ScholarsArchive at OSU in the Special Reports collection.

 

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