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What is Scholarly Communication?

Scholarly communication is the life-blood of the university’s teaching and research mission. With the advent of new technologies, the nature of scholarship and scholarly communication has expanded beyond traditional print formats to include other means of dissemination: email, pre-print servers, e-journals, e-books, e-reserves, distance learning, etc. In an online environment, issues of copyright, intellectual property rights, and the long-term preservation of digital assets are posing new challenges to faculty, administrators, and librarians.

Additional Resources:

•    Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication , by ACRL, 2003
•    ACRL Scholarly Communications Toolkit
•    Association of Research Libraries (ARL) – Scholarly Communications
•    ARL Create Change

Abbreviated Timeline of Scholarly Communication from 1665-2008
(revised, courtesy of Elizabeth Brown, 2006)
1665    First scholarly journal published
1675    Introduction of peer review
1969    ARPAnet created (Birth of the internet)
1991    Creation of arXiv.org at Los Alamos
Early 1990s - Science “serials pricing crisis”
1995    First scholarly electronic journal online
1999-2000    Electronic journal archives available online
2002    Open Access movement begins
2006    Open Peer Review
2008    NIH Mandate