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Scholarly Communications


What is Scholarly Communications?

According to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), scholarly communication can be defined 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.” []

There are four key concepts that can be extracted from the above, namely: creation, evaluation, dissemination, and preservation. Taking these four concepts and placing them within the general order of the research or creative process itself, we can delineate the following progression of categories which constitute the scope of scholarly communications:

  1. Creation and Evaluation – everything related to the creation process prior to publication of finished research and analysis; includes data management planning and implementation, sharing tools, social media, private and shared group workspaces, pre-print servers, traditional peer review system, non-traditional peer review mechanisms.
  2. Dissemination and Discovery – includes all forms of publication, from institutional repositories/open access to commercial and society publishers and any other means of providing access (public or commercial) to finished research or results.
  3. Post-publication Evaluation – an ongoing process following “publication” which includes traditional bibliographic citation analysis as well as altmetrics to gauge the more immediate, yet less defined social impact.
  4. Preservation and Discovery – various means by which research output is preserved and perpetual access provided; includes traditional publishers and other systems such as Portico, LOCKSS, institutional repositories, and data repositories.


Scholarly Communications Team

The LSU Libraries established the Scholarly Communications Team to serve as a focal point and information resource regarding scholarly communication matters for LSU’s faculty and students engaged in research. The Team is comprised of faculty from the LSU Libraries and other academic departments on the LSU campus. The Team's purpose and focus is to:

  1. identify and bring to the attention of LSU research faculty current topics and issues in scholarly communication that are important to their research and subsequent publications;
  2. provide information resources; and
  3. provide training where needed.

Changes in the scholarly communications arena are extremely rapid; it is our hope that we can assist our researchers in understanding new tools as they emerge and how best to use them to maximize dissemination and discovery of their works, thereby furthering the advancement of new knowledge and understanding.