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Scholarly Communications

Scholarly Communications  -  Definition

"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 2003).

Learn more about scholarly communications:

Open Access


 "Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.”   Peter Suber (2004).


Visit our Open Scholarship page to learn more about Open Access Resources and Tools.


Why Publish Open Access?

  • Increase your citations
  • Increase your media coverage
  • Have a better chance of participating in transparent peer-review
  • Control reuse of your publication
  • Comply with funder mandates
  • Increase reproducibility of your results
  • Find new collaborators



  • McKiernan, E., Bourne, P., Brown, C., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., . . . Yarkoni, T. (2016). How open science helps researchers succeed. Elife, 10.7554/eLife.16800
  •  Piwowar H, Priem J, Larivière V, Alperin JP, Matthias L, Norlander B, Farley A, West J, Haustein S. (2017) The State of OA: A large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ Preprints 5:e3119v1, 

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