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Scholarly Communication: Creative Matter FAQs

Creative Matter FAQs



What is Creative Matter?

Based on Open Access principles, Skidmore’s institutional repository, Creative Matter, brings together creative and scholarly output under one umbrella with the goal of both preserving and providing global access to our creative thought. A service of the Lucy Scribner Library, the repository is an excellent vehicle for working papers, copies of published articles, collaborative research, senior theses and final projects. Search engine optimization within Creative Matter means that submissions are found easily via the web.

Who can contribute to Creative Matter?

Individuals (including students, staff, and faculty members), departments, programs, centers or other units affiliated with Skidmore may contribute content to Creative Matter.

What is the collection policy for Creative Matter?

Content may be submitted to Creative Matter by current and retired faculty, staff, and students of Skidmore College. Appropriate content may be added following the guidelines below. You can contact the Creative Matter administrator to discuss the possibility of inclusion.

  • The work must be original, produced and submitted (or sponsored) by a faculty, staff, student, organization or department of Skidmore College.
  • The work must be creative, scholarly in nature, research-oriented, or of institutional significance.
  • The author must own the rights to all components and content of the work, or have received, and be able to demonstrate, the permissions granted to allow the material’s inclusion within Creative Matter.
  • The author or representative of the organization or department must accept the terms set forth in the submission form prior to material being uploaded to the repository, granting the library the right to distribute and preserve the material via Creative Matter.
  • Contributors may include non-affiliated scholars (e.g., co-authors from other institutions, faculty emeriti, holders of honorary appointments). Contributors should notify all coauthors of intent to deposit work in Creative Matter.
  • Some materials may be restricted to current college faculty, staff, and students.
  • A variety of file formats are accepted.
  • Adherence to Skidmore College's Intellectual Property Policy.

Examples of possible content:

  • Published scholarship
  • Academic presentations and posters
  • Creative works and performances
  • Student academic projects/papers
  • Materials related to events sponsored by Skidmore College
  • Skidmore publications produced by faculty, students, and staff
  • Datasets, image galleries, multi-media projects
  • Faculty course-related output of a scholarly interest

Who oversees Creative Matter?

Decisions regarding the scope and mission of Creative Matter are made by the library faculty of Lucy Scribner Library in consultation with Academic Affairs. Day-to-day operations are overseen by library personnel. For assistance, please contact the administrator or your subject librarian.

What are the benefits of contributing my work to Creative Matter?

Creative Matter increases the visibility of scholarly and creative work produced by Skidmore College faculty, staff and students by making it available in one central online location. Major benefits of depositing work in Creative Matter include:

  • Scholarly work shared with a broad audience
  • Improved visibility in major search engines
  • Preserving and accessing content through a permanent URL
  • Retention of intellectual property rights to your work
  • Tracking download statistics via comprehensive reports

Creative Matter Administrator / Head of Digital Projects and Collections

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David Seiler
Lucy Scribner Library, Room 327

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