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Scholarly Communication

Welcome to Arcadia University’s resource guide to Scholarly Communication. Here you will find information and curated resources for faculty, students, and staff about scholarly communication topics and issues such as Open Access, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Authors Rights.

Our mission is to help Arcadia scholars disseminate their work widely for greater impact while helping to retain the rights to their research. We aim to achieve this mission by providing information through this guide, and also by promoting the use of our digital repository, ScholarWorks@Arcadia.

Scholarly Communication
Open Access
For Authors

What is Scholarly Communication?

Scholarly Communication refers to the research and publishing processes in which students, faculty, researchers and other scholars create, evaluate, disseminate, archive, and transform research. The system relies on a publisher to provide administrative and editorial oversight, peer review, and greater distribution; while libraries and other research centers purchase and acquire, catalog and preserve, and provide access to this scholarship in multiple formats.

Today, the current system of scholarly publishing is evolving. Libraries and other research institutions can no longer keep up with the volume or the costs of scholarly resources. As more research is disseminated in electronic formats the costs of access have only increased, while the amount of new research continues to grow exponentially. 

These impediments to new scholarship are now having a direct effect on research exposure and impact, forcing authors of this research to seek new scholarly publishing opportunities and advocates. As digital publishing alternatives have grown in reputation and acceptance, the interests of scholarly communication have expanded to include open access, copyright, and author’s rights. 

Open Access, Copyright, Author’s Rights, Peer-Review, Self-Archiving, Digital Publishing, Open Archives, Open Repositories, and Open Education are all areas of focus within Scholarly Communication. 


General information about scholarly communication; professional organizations; select research institution guides.

Ten Things You Should Know About Scholarly Communication (ACRL). Association of College and Research Libraries

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.

Digital Scholarship, A portal that offers a wealth of information on open access and scholarly communication issues.

Association of Research Libraries – Focus Areas – Scholarly Communication

Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication