Scholarly communication is defined by the Association of College & Research Libraries 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.” This field of study encompasses all steps associated with a research project from the first idea to the final publication. Scholarly communication is important as the ways researchers produce and disseminate research is changing rapidly. For example, many publishers have gone entirely electronic and no longer print physical journals.
More publication outlets are offering an open access option or switching to open access publishing entirely. New types of research output are becoming more common, including software, data, and code.
The library wants to help you navigate this evolving landscape. This site will be regularly updated as the scholarly communication landscape evolves. Here you can find information on open access publishing, copyright, author’s rights, predatory publishing, and more!
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this area further, please contact Lindsay Barnett, Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian.