Preserve and promote your research


Whether you’re just getting started with a new research project or disseminating your results, the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office can offer guidance and infrastructure for long-term stewardship of your scholarly output. Below are some of the activities and services we provide. Feel free to contact us with questions or for additional information as we continue to add resources to our website.

  • Create or implement a data management plan

The University Libraries are undertaking new initiatives to support long-term preservation of Ball State affiliates' research data. We can help you draft a data management or data sharing plan, often required by external funders, and we can help with some aspects of implementation. Ball State's digital repository, Cardinal Scholar, is one option for data preservation and sharing, but there are many alternatives depending on your discipline, funder, or publisher. Not sure where your data should go? The Registry of Research Data Repositories is one place to start.

  • Preserve a conference presentation, article, report, dataset, or digital project

As with research data, there are many options for preserving and promoting the other products of your research. Cardinal Scholar is a great place to ensure safekeeping of copies of your scholarly articles (if allowed by your publisher), white papers, reports, conference slides, images--the list goes on and on. Ball State faculty, students, and staff all have the ability to upload material to Cardinal Scholar, but the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office is happy to help.

  • Collaborate with the Libraries to launch a journal or other publication

We are excited to work with faculty, students, or staff interested in pursuing open access publishing with the Libraries. This is an area we are continuing to develop, but we can offer preservation services, guidance on copyright and author agreements, and resources on peer review. See publications already working with the Libraries.

  • Learn about open access to research and educational resources

We can help you navigate the many choices involved when accessing open access resources for research and teaching, or when you're considering whether or not to publish in an open access journal. Relevant information can be found in our guides on Copyright in the Classroom and Copyright & Your Scholarship.

  • Understand your rights when you publish your research

Asking about copyright and your ability to disseminate your research is crucial before you finalize an agreement with your publisher. Organizations such as SPARC offer helpful introductory resources to get you started, and you can refer to our guide, Copyright & Your Scholarship.


More questions? You can always set up a consultation or workshop by emailing Perry Collins at


Or you can find a list of already scheduled workshops here.