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Publishing, Scholarly Communication, and Open Access: Overview & Issues

Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication "is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use" (ACRL - Association of College & Research Libraries).

The Issues

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The cost of journals are increasingly outpacing library budgets and limiting access to research. Copyright is also an issue as scholars relinquish control of their own work by signing over intellectual property rights. Dissatisfaction with the existing scholarly communication system has led to the development of new publishing models, including open access and digital repositories.

Digital Publishing @UIC

Much scholarship today is disseminated electronically (hence “Digital Scholarship”), offering rich opportunities for global access, use, and impact, as well as new research methods and products. The fulfillment of this promise will be determined, however, by the choices researchers and scholars make today about where and how they publish. The below brochure outlines some of the issues related to disseminating eScholarship; identifies ways faculty can effectively manage the rights to and dissemination of their work; and describes resources and services available to the UIC community for managing, sharing, promoting, and measuring impact of scholarship and the underlying data.

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Sandy De Groote
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Scholarly Communications Librarian
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