Answered By: Julie Williamson
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2016     Views: 7

The Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee has developed a Scholarly Communication LibGuide that gathers together resources on the topic in one location.


Scholarly communication is a multi-faceted term that encompasses various aspects of research and scholarship.  It can be defined succinctly as "the system of people, procedures, and tools through which the results of research and scholarship are registered, evaluated, disseminated, and preserved" (Ober, 2008).  Scholarly Communication includes both the dissemination of and access to scholarship and research in a variety of formats and states of completion, such as published books or journal articles, research results and data sets, and drafts of papers - University of California, Davis, University Library.


Issues that may be considered under the umbrella of scholarly communication include authors’ rights, open access and other publishing models, control of intellectual property, copyright, cost of commercial publications, role of scholarly associations, preservation of intellectual property, and institutional repositories.  These issues impact collaborative research; an author's use and dissemination of his or her work; the accessibility of unpublished and published books, articles, and other products; and the archiving of scholarly output.  Decisions made in these areas may have a broad impact in the classroom, in the conduct of research, and the ways in which research and scholarship are shared.  The position that an academic institution takes on these matters can affect not only its students, faculty, and staff, but also its standing and reputation. 

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