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Scholarly Publishing

A guide to issues in scholarly communication, including publishing, open access, copyright, and author rights.

Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Publishing refers to the formal publication of outputs of scholarly research (e.g., articles, books, conference proceedings, etc.) This guide includes information and guidance for researchers interested in publishing their work.

Scholarly Communication is a more general term that includes scholarly publishing along with the outputs of scholarship. This includes both formal and informal outputs of scholarship from peer-reviewed articles and books to blogs, emails, videos, posts on social media platforms, etc.

The Association of College & 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."

Scholarly communication is frequently defined or depicted as a lifecycle documenting the steps involved in the creation, publication, dissemination and discovery of a piece of scholarly research:

cycle of publishing flowchart

Association of College & Researc Libraries. Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Scholarly Communication Overview retrieved from

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