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.
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.
Find more information about the Scholarly Communication Crisis.
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.
- Association of Research Libraries – Focus Areas – Scholarly Communication
- Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication
The Scholarly Communication Initiative at Arcadia, includes local projects, resources, and other items. Although the initiative is only in its beginnings, there are several things already happening. As current projects continue, and new ones are begun, this space will be updated to keep the Arcadia University community informed.
Arcadia’s institutional digital repository of scholarship from faculty, students and staff. We are currently working on growing this repository with faculty works, as well as faculty-reviewed student works and home-grown scholarly journals.
Scholarly Communication Faculty Steering Committee
This committee is comprised of faculty from various disciplines, with the goal of highlighting and making accessible the collective scholarly output of the Arcadia community. The committee has been charged by Dr. Jeanne Buckley, Associate Dean of Library Services and Instructional Technology, to proactively address the evolving scholarly publishing landscape, and develop recommendations for the Arcadia community, which may include a University Center to deliver a core set of scholarly communication services.
Committee Members 2014-2015
- Adam Hess [Co-Chair] (Assistant Professor and Digital Resources Librarian)
- Calvin Wang [Co-Chair] (Assistant Professor and Sciences Librarian)
- Jonathan Church (Director, Cultural Anthropology)
- Manny Curotto (Chair, Chemistry and Physics)
- Michael Dwyer (Associate Professor, Communications)
- Kalenda Eaton (Associate Professor, English; Director, Global Learning)
- Phil McClure (Chair, Department of Physical Therapy)
- John Noakes (Associate Provost)
- Nancy Rosoff (Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies)
- Daniel Schall (Director, Writing Center)
- Amy Widestrom (Assistant Professor, HAPS)
The following articles and literature are a great source of further information and research in the areas of Scholarly Communication and Open Access. New items are always being added.
- Ten Things You Should Know About Scholarly Communication, American Library Association / Association of College and Research Libraries, 2011.
- Essay On Open Access by 11 University Provosts, Inside HigherEd, 2012.
- Scholarly Communication Column in C&RL News, designed to highlight issues related to scholarly communication and publishing to stimulate conversation and exchange of information across campuses and among colleagues.
- Scholarly Communications @ Duke, blog by Kevin Smith, Director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University.
- The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate.
- To Publish and Perish article co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, and the Pew Higher Education Roundtable.
- A World Digital Library Is Coming True! Robert Darnton, New York Review, May 22, 2014.
- Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences? Marisa L. Ramírez, Gail McMillan, et. al., November 2014 College & Research Libraries vol. 75 no. 6 808-821.
- The Serials Crisis and Open Access, A White Paper for the Virginia Tech Commission on Research.
- Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future, Diane Harley and Sophia Krzys Acord, Research and Occasional Papers Series, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, 4 March 2011.
- Leading Humanities Journal Debuts ‘Open’ Peer Review, and Likes It, Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 July 2010.