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Scholarly Communication

An exploration of issues relating to scholarly communication and open access.

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Paul Boger




Simpson Library
1801 College Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

What is Scholarly Communication?

"Scholarly Communications" is a phrase that is commonly used to describe the process of scholarly publishing, since that is the primary method for disseminating the results of scholarly research. However, it encompasses the entire cycle of scholarship - conducting research, managing data, making decisions about publishing options, and copyright. An understanding of scholarly communications assumes familiarity with:

  • Author rights
  • The economics of scholarly resources
  • New models of publishing
  • Open access
  • Institutional repositories
  • Rights and access to federally funded research
  • Preservation of intellectual assets
  • Copyright
  • Plagiarism

This library guide seeks to help you better understand the entire process of scholarly communication and provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions to further your goals.

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