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Elements is an online service provided by Duke Libraries to help Duke faculty and researchers document and manage their publications history for their own needs, and to make publications information consistently available for use in professional profiles on the University-wide Scholars@Duke web site, school, institute, department, and other University or personal web sites. This information will be used in the future for annual reporting, and the combination of Elements and Scholars@Duke will eventually replace existing faculty data systems like FDS and FReD.

Elements also facilitates uploading and management of the full text of publications for archiving in the Duke Libraries repository, and where possible, for making them available freely to colleagues, students, and the general public. In March 2010 the Academic Council adopted an open access policy (see Appendix P of the Faculty Handbook, and more information on the Duke Libraries Open Access web site), and Elements is being implemented in part to make participation with this effort as convenient as possible for faculty.

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