Frequently Asked Questions


What is the CSU ePress?

The CSU ePress is a digital archive that consists of faculty and student creative and scholarly works. It highlights the scholarship of Columbus State University.

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What kind of content is collected in the CSU ePress?

The following content types are collected in the CSU ePress:

  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Book reviews
  • Conference proceedings
  • Creative works
  • Data sets
  • Editorials
  • Lectures and seminar series
  • Letters to editors
  • Multimedia files
  • News articles
  • Technical papers
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Presentation materials
  • Reviews
  • Working papers

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Who can submit content to the CSU ePress?

All Columbus State University faculty, staff and students can submit content to the CSU ePress..

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How can I add my work to the CSU ePress?

To add your work to the CSU ePress, please send your vita to Jackie Radebaugh at: radebaugh_jacqueline@columbusstate.edu. Jackie's team will do all of the leg work for you! This includes contacting publishers to obtain proper permissions, entering citation information into the CSU ePress and uploading the PDF of your work.

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What exactly does "Open Access" mean and how does it apply to works in the CSU ePress?

Open Access is a publishing model in which literature is freely available online. The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) defines Open Access as follows: "By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited." For more information, please see http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.

In the CSU ePress, all resources are made available through the Open Access model. Articles originally published in Open Access journals may be added to the CSU ePress without having to ask for publishers' permissions. However, for works that were not published in Open Access journals, the editors of the CSU ePress must get approval from publishers and/or other copyright holders.

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What are the benefits of contributing my work to the CSU ePress?

The main benefit of contributing work to the CSU ePress is that your work is more accessible to the public than traditional university databases and other outlets that usually are password protected.

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Why do some posts contain only a citation and not the full text?

In the Faculty Bibliography, you will find that many of the entries do not include full-text access. This is because the editorial team is waiting to hear back from the publishers to obtain permission to add the work to the CSU ePress. Another reason is that when permission is not granted, a citation is included in the CSU ePress to make it discoverable in Google, Google Scholar and other search engines.

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Who can access the items included in the CSU ePress?

Anyone can access the material in the CSU ePress.

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Who owns the copyright to materials in the CSU ePress?

Ownership belongs to the author of the work that was submitted. Sometimes, however, copyright for works may be owned by journal publishers. Items in the repository are protected by the United States copyright law.

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I have further questions. Whom should I contact?

For more information, please contact Jackie Radebaugh at 706-507-8693 or by e-mail at: radebaugh_jacqueline@columbusstate.edu.

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