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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. 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 and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2003

How We Can Help

The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) assists faculty and students in sharing their scholarly work through ScholarWorks, and in managing the complex copyrights associated with their work and the works of other scholars. The center also provides information and workshops about the rapidly changing world of scholarly communication. CDS supports scholarship by providing services in digitizing printed materials, as well as audio and visual items. We also facilitate the participation of faculty and students in their scholarly communication with the academic community. CDS accomplishes this by providing open access to the scholarly and intellectual output of faculty and students through ScholarWorks. CDS also helps scholars to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of Copyright, Fair Use, Author Rights, Open Access, and Publishing.

James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University discusses the recent history of conversations about scholarly communications:


ACRL Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1

Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Grant Program

Scholarly Communication Grant Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation