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Publishing at JMU (Pub 101):

JMU Libraries offers an asynchronous aid for faculty authors who are creating open textbooks. This Canvas resource provides a foundation in open textbook publishing and you can go through the modules in order or pop into specific sections as questions arise. Modules include:

  • Introduction, or what we mean when we say “publishing” at JMU
  • Structure, includes an overview of textbook elements and intellectual property
  • Project Management, covers coordinating, scheduling, and vetting
  • Editing, examples of style guides and tools
  • Design, Production, and Marketing
  • PressbooksEDU, expands on specific features and examples

Contact Liz Thompson ( to be added to Pub 101.

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Know the Creative Commons Licenses

Unless the OER is in the Public Domain, the educational resource will likely have a Creative Commons (CC) license applied. See below for a detailed look at the rights granted by the various CC license types.

Choose an Open License

Creative Commons License Chooser Tool

Choose license features to create the license that is best for your publication.

How to Choose an Open License

From the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, this report provides decision points for choosing an open license.