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Scholarly Communication

Publishing, Disseminating and Discovering your Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

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Heidi Southworth
Memorial Library
Subjects: Engineering

Scholarly Communication Defined

In 2003, the Association of College and Research Libraries defined scholarly communication 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." 

Scholarly communication is frequently defined or depicted as a lifecycle documenting the steps involved in the creation, publication, dissemination and discovery of a piece of scholarly research.

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This guide is designed to help inform you on various issues that arise in the publication, dissemination and discovery of research, scholarship, and creative activities.  If you have any questions, please contact us!


Portions of this Guide were borrowed from the Association of College and Research Libraries Scholarly Communication Toolkit located at under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. 

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