What is Scholarly Communication?
"Scholarly communication” refers to all the processes involved in the creation, dissemination, use and preservation of knowledge related to research and teaching. It includes:
Changes in Scholarly Communication
The rapidly increasing cost of journal subscriptions and the proliferation of new journals have compromised libraries' abilities to provide needed journal content to their communities. These journal cost increases far outpace inflation and leave less and less of library budgets available for content in other formats. The need for new publication models and sustainable publishing practices that serve the needs of researchers at all levels without sacrificing quality are driving many changes in scholarly communication.
Digital publishing creates new possibilities for many parts of the scholarly communication process, not only for dissemination of published work, but also for peer review, research impact metrics, data sharing, collaboration and teaching. No longer constrained by the limitations of print, it is now possible to copy an article and distribute it globally at a marginal cost of zero. Ancillary products of research and scholarship such as detailed procedures, datasets, and details of the peer review process are being shared to facilitate conversation, evaluation, replication, and reuse of data. A profusion of new approaches to scholarship are being explored, including open access journals, self-archiving, Creative Commons licensing, new forms of peer review, and new metrics for measuring the impact of scholarly works.
Contact Christin Wixson, Scholarly Communication Librarian if you have questions about