Scholarly Communication includes the formal and informal means by which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality through peer review, distributed, and preserved. One of the defining characteristics is the expectation that such communication will facilitate new discoveries, usually without direct financial reward. As communication, readers are also part of the process. These include other researchers, students, librarians, and even the general public, who want or need access to all of the literature applicable to their own work.  

Though the informal side of scholarly communications includes presenting conference papers that may subsequently be published, reports submitted in fulfillment of grant requirements, academic web sites, and correspondence through email or electronic mailing lists, this guide will focus on the formal aspects, including monographs, and journal articles especially.

Busse Library provides this guide to the issues involved with scholarly communication. We also recommend possible solutions and provide links to some of the important resources employed in pursuing those solutions.

The Issues