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Scholarly Communication: Overview

An introductory guide to issues in scholarly communication, including scholarly publishing, copyright, author rights, open access, open educational resources, and institutional repositories.

What is Scholarly Communication?

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs" (ACRL). While scholarly communication has typically focused on journal publication, there are also other types of research output, such as datasets, preprints, protocols, software, and other kinds of digital scholarship. 

About this Guide

This LibGuide was created as part of ongoing efforts to promote scholarly communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus (ERAU Prescott).

It is intended to be an introductory guide to evolving issues in scholarly communication which include, but are not limited to, scholarly publishing, copyright and author rights, open access, open educational resources, and institutional repositories

Except where otherwise noted, all the contents presented in the Scholarly Communication LibGuide by Nam Nguyen are licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

Scholarly Communication Life Cycle

Scholarly Communication Models

Conventional Model

The traditional model of scholarly communication involves submission of a work for review and approval. Institutions, particularly libraries, then purchase the published works from commercial publishers and provide access to their users.

Alternative Models

Due to increasing costs of works from commercial publishers, often referred to as the "journal crisis," libraries have leveraged new models for the acquisition and dissemination of scholarly research. Some of the innovative methods for sharing research information include: social media, blogs, wikis, open data sets, discussion forums, and professional websites.

Selected Readings