Why is it important to save your scholarly work in a digital library?
There are many reasons why it is important to keep your scholarly work online. Let's focus on the main ones:
- Wide access: The Internet allows researchers and scholars around the world easy access to your scholarly work. This is especially important for those who live or work in remote countries or regions or sparsely populated areas where access to scholarly publications may be limited.
- Preservation and dissemination of knowledge: The preservation and dissemination of scientific works on the Internet ensures the preservation and dissemination of knowledge that can be used to advance science. This helps avoid duplication of research and facilitates access to previous works, which contributes to faster human progress.
- Citation: Storing research papers online at a specific address provides a permanent link to your work, making it easier for other scientists to cite and use your research. It also helps to increase your citation index in academia.
- Archiving: Storing research papers online ensures that they are archived and preserved for the future. This is important so that researchers can access previous works and use them in their own research.
- Dissemination of ideas: Keeping scientific papers online provides an opportunity to disseminate ideas and research results to a wide audience. This can lead to a broader discussion of ideas and a faster dissemination of knowledge in the scientific community.
What can I save in a digital library?
In a digital library, authors can save all kinds of digital information:
- E-books: digital versions of books, which can be saved in PDF, DJVU, or other e-book formats.
- Scientific articles: scientific publications that can be saved in text form for reading from a computer screen or other gadget or in PDF or other electronic article formats (in which case articles can also be read from both desktop and mobile device screens).
- Journals: digital versions of journals that can be saved in PDF or other electronic journal formats.
- Audio and video materials: lecture recordings, music, movies and other video and audio files. Audio files are stored in a special storage, and we recommend uploading videos to Youtube and then inserting a link to them in your publications in the library.
- Documents: different types of documents, such as brochures, manuals, reports, articles, and other documents. There is a special section for files in the library.
- Maps and drawings: different types of graphic images, including maps, charts, drawings, diagrams, and other types of images. They can be stored in the Photo Documents section.
- Electronic textbooks and learning materials: digital versions of textbooks, study guides, and other learning materials.
- Electronic newspapers: digital versions of newspapers that can be saved in PDF or other electronic newspaper formats.
- Photos: digital images of photos and other graphic materials.
- Archival materials: digital versions of documents and other materials from archives and museums.
- Research information: digital versions of articles, reports, dissertations, and other research-related materials.
- Electronic diaries: digital versions of diaries and other personal entries. The library has a special section for author diaries, where you can keep entries in chronological order.
- Electronic patents: digital versions of patents and other documents related to intellectual property.
- Internet Archives: electronic versions of web pages and other online materials that can be saved in archiving programs and uploaded for preservation in the library.
- Computer programs and applications: digital versions of software, applications, and games.
- Electronic dictionaries and reference books: digital versions of various dictionaries and reference books on various topics.
- Music: digital versions of music, albums, and other audio materials.
- Digital maps: electronic versions of maps, geographic and topographic data.
Why is the digital library free for authors and readers?
All services to authors and readers are provided free of charge. So it was, so it is and so it will be. There are several reasons why the library stores and makes available information published by authors for free:
- Accessibility. Free access to information makes it available to all users, regardless of their financial status or location. This is important to ensure equal access to education and information for all.
- Dissemination of knowledge. The purpose of digital libraries is to disseminate knowledge and information throughout the world. Free access to information contributes to this goal because it allows people to access the latest scientific discoveries and other important information resources.
- Social effect. Many authors, especially those who publish their works in the electronic library, do not receive direct financial benefits from their publications, but do so in order to promote science and disseminate knowledge. Providing free access to their work helps them achieve this goal.