This page has been designed for both scholars and librarians to introduce the emerging discipline of scholarly communication. If you have questions about scholarly communication, please talk to your subject specialist librarian or the Scholarly Communication Officer.
Issues in Scholarly Communication
Why is a Conversation about Scholarly Communication Important?
Scholarly Communication traditionally refers to the process by which scholars disseminate their work, either in person or in print. Now, with the development of digital media and the Internet, our concept of scholarly communication has expanded to encompass a field of study, which considers not only the creation and dissemination of knowledge and creative works, but also related issues concerning access, preservation, and the economic reality of soaring prices. As the process has become increasingly electronic, both the subscription models for journals and the activities of scholars have shifted. Traditional publishers have moved to expensive journal licensing schemes, severely limiting access to research publications. The work of scholars is increasingly born digital, as researchers use digital data, electronic analytic tools, and produce their data tables, digital images, presentations and publications in electronic formats. Not just scientists, but also artists, social scientists, and scholars in the humanities create and share their work in electronic formats.
This shift requires us as scholars and librarians to reexamine not only the ways information is created, captured, and communicated, but also our ability to discover, access, and archive this information. The goal of this guide is to prompt discussion of scholarly communication issues such as open access, institutional repositories such as UDSpace, author’s rights, copyright and fair use, digital rights management, and data archives.