Scholarly communication is defined by ACRL 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 (Association of College & Research Libraries, “Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1,” 2003).
Specific areas that fall under Scholarly Communications are:
Copyright Services: To understand the complexity of copyright issues, developments and requirements and to be able to teach others best practices.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS): A system that manipulates spatial or geographic data and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics and business.
Data Curation: Academic research funded by the government or grants has specific mandates related to the storage, access, and retention of research data.
Institutional Repository Management: Collect, store, and preserve faculty, staff, and student intellectual output in concert with understanding technology, publisher requirements and to be able to create and manage IR systems and policies.Publishing Advice: to advise and mentor future authors on effective methods of publication and the lifecycle of scholarly communications
Open Access Publishing: a method by which all resulting research products (papers, data, conference proceedings, etc.) are available to all readers without cost or technical barriers
The Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries supports new, interdisciplinary modes of research, discovery, and publication, ranging from geocoding to data citation to open access publishing. Broadly speaking, the Office provides support to students and faculty members in the following areas: