Scholarly Communications

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Defintion of Scholarly Communication

This video is produced for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication ( by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University.

Scholarly Communication Defined

According to the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), scholarly communication is 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 formal means of communication such as articles in peer-reviewed journals and informal channels such as listservs and social media.

One of the main characteristics of scholarly research is that it is created as a public good to facilitate inquiry. A substantial portion of such research is publicly supported, either directly through federally-funded research projects or indirectly through support of researchers at higher-education institutions. (ACRL, 2003).

Figure 1. The Publication Cycle. From “Scholarly Communication,” by University of Winnipeg, 2016,

These websites outline key standards and guidelines on the ethical justification and scientific validity of research. They provide detailed information on the ethical conduct for research involving humans.  This information will be helpful and provide guidance to research ethics committees.

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