How you can participate:

As an author, any of the following helps:
  • display fingerprints and Structured Commons access links for your content on your personal web page, blog or social network.
  • announce your work, even "non-public" objects, by registering certificates of existence and publishing your object metadata in part or in full in the Structured Commons network.
  • request custom licensing agreements when publishing your work with "traditional" journals or conferences, so you keep the right to distribute your own copies independently from your publisher. (Suprisingly, most publishers are willing to cooperate!)
  • release your work on public data stores to seed the Structured Commons network, when you own licensing rights or have the right to redistribute.
As a scholar who reads, cites or reviews scientific work, any of the following helps:
  • use fingerprints in citations when your new works refer to objects that already exist in the Structured Commons network.
  • publish your reviews in the Structured Commons network while you participate in conference program committees or journal editorial boards.
  • publish post-hoc citations when you discover a link between otherwise unconnected scientific works.
  • use Structured Commons query engines to discover and rank the "top" publications in your field, based on object metadata, published reviews and post-hoc citations.
  • run a personal data store to share non-public documents and digital objects with specific colleagues, friends, reviewers and selected peers.
As a journal editor or conference organizer, any of the following helps:
  • advocate Structured Commons best practices to authors and reviewers, especially pre-submission content registration and fingerprint-based citations.
  • register review objects in the Structued Commons network using certificates of existence during the review process.
  • offer to publish reviews to authors, after review processes are completed.
As a publisher, any of the following helps:
  • Display fingerprints next to Structured Commons content on your publication media.
  • Provide access links to one or more download methods in the Structured Commons network for both the source objects and the representations of the content you publish.
As a supporting organization, any of the following helps:
  • provide services to authors to support document creation, editing, packaging, fingerprinting and uploading to the Structured Commons network.
  • run public data stores to support object long-term storage, dissemination, access and metadata indexing.
  • run query engines and web portals for them to enable users search, filter and order object listings based on metadata.
  • reward academic staff who participate in the Structured Commons network by publishing new works or reviews.
As a technology developer, any of the following helps:
  • Extend your databases to include Structured Commons fingerprints and access links for online content.
  • Define and publish fingerprinting methods for new document formats with a separation between "source" and "published" forms.
  • Design and implement metadata extraction algorithms for Structured Commons digital objects without author-supplied metadata.
  • Participate in the Structured Commons technology steering committee by contributing protocol specifications, guidelines, reference implementations or advocacy materials.