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Scholarly Communication

The process by which scholars and institutions create, disseminate, preserve, and use research results is commonly described as scholarly communication.

What is Scholarly Communication?

Scholarly communication is an umbrella term that describes the many ways in which scholars and researchers share their work:

  • Publishing in print and electronic journals
  • Archiving their work in digital repositories or on subject-specific websites
  • Using email listserv mailing lists and online communities
  • Creating new venues for dissemination, especially online

Currently, the field of scholarly communication is undergoing major changes, as open access and copyleft philosophies have begun to impact scholars' attitudes about sharing their work in a major way.

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ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst

SW Homepage

 Did you know that the UMass Amherst Libraries provide free ScholarWorks  services that can help you create and maintain peer-reviewed e-journals, personal researcher websites, and recruit and manage conference materials.

Through ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst, you can publish working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers, presentations and senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere.  ScholarWorks is a digital repository for the research and scholarly output of members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community.

Download a copy of the ScholarWorks brochure to find out how ScholarWorks can work for you.

Create a Selected Works Page Today!

 Selected Works pages are powerful hybrids of online CVs and personal academic websites. With a Selected Works page, you can list all of your published and unpublished manuscripts, presentations, datasets, and other scholarly material, as well as provide direct links to your work, so that others can download it instantly. Create your Selected Works page today!

Koestecki example

Check out an example Selected Works page or browse a variety of other UMass Amherst scholars' sites. Need help with creating or maintaining your page? Contact the ScholarWorks team and we will assist you.

Scholarly Publishing Roundtable

In late 2009, the House Science and Technology Committee convened a roundtable of "key stakeholders to explore and develop an appropriate consensus regarding access to and preservation of federally funded research information that addresses the needs of all interested parties." Participants were "asked to contribute their expertise and proposed solutions on the respective role of the federal government, libraries, institutional repositories and the scholarly publishers on the topics of access and preservation of the results of federally funded research.

The Association of American Universities (AAU) Scholarly Publishing Roundtable website includes links to important documents in the lifespan of the Roundtable.

The House Science and Technology press release on the Roundtable Report emphasizes the Roundtable's findings of the need to balance "increased access to scholarly articles with the need to preserve the essential functions of the scholarly publishing enterprise."

Scholarly Communication Life Cycle

Scholarly communication life cycle

Scholarly Communication Resources

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