Dissemination versus Publication
Is material posted in the Sigma Repository considered published? No.
There are 2 exceptions:
- The Sigma Repository posts certain previously published journal articles that were peer-reviewed by the original publishing journal.
- The Sigma Repository offered a single-blind peer-review process at one time.
Those item records will show the review type as External Review: Previously Published Material and Peer-review: Single Blind, respectively.
Is there a difference between published and disseminated? Yes.
Sigma Repository definitions:
Publication is defined as material that is peer-reviewed prior to posting.
Dissemination is defined as material that is posted on its merits (as judged by the author and audience) without formal review or evaluation.
Does the Sigma Repository offer copy editing and proofing services? No.
The Sigma Repository is committed to reducing the time it takes for information to transition from author to audience.
The Sigma Repository believes that free and speedy access to research, evidence, and educational materials supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
May I list materials disseminated in the Sigma Repository in my tenure dossier, curriculum vitae, resume, annual review, or grant application? Yes.
Note, materials disseminated through the repository will not hold the same value/rubric level as peer-reviewed material.
Dissemination allows the author to claim work and share knowledge not otherwise publicly available. The repository's durable links (called handles) add permanent accessibility to an author's citations.