Find Your Audience with CUNY Academic Works

CUNY Academic Works Sticker 175x175You may already know about Academic Works, CUNY’s new open access institutional repository. (You can browse the whole site or go straight to the GC section.) It collects and provides public access to the scholarly and creative work of the CUNY community. Only the CUNY community can upload works, but everyone everywhere can access and download them!

And you may already know that all GC dissertations, theses, and capstone projects now go into Academic Works, where they become publicly available either right away or after an embargo period set by the author.

But you may not know that faculty and graduate students can submit all sorts of works — articles, book chapters, conference papers, posters, slideshows, data sets, etc. Uploading your work to Academic Works is a great way to:

  • satisfy grant funders’ open access/open data requirements
  • share your work with your research community and the public
  • improve the visibility of your work on Google Scholar
  • maximize the impact of your research
  • get monthly download stats, which help you measure interest in your work
  • and more!

And you might be surprised to learn that most journals allow you to post some version of your article. You want readers; readers want free copies; journals allow you to post free copies — why wouldn’t you want to submit your works to the repository?! (Use the site SHERPA/RoMEO to find out what a given journal/publisher allows its authors to post.)

Curious what’s in Academic Works so far? Browse our Faculty Publications and Research and our Graduate Student Publications and Research. Or see the CUNY-wide list of most popular papers (spoiler: most of them are from the GC!). Here are some fascinating finds:

Ready to share your works?  Want to start submitting?  Go straight to the Submit Research page (scroll down to Graduate Center) or consult our step-by-step submission instructions.

About the Author

Jill Cirasella is the Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center, CUNY.