What is Scholarly Communication?
Scholarly communication can be described 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.” (Association of College & Research Libraries, “Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1,” 2003)
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The cost of textbooks has long been a concern of both students and campus officials across the country. Several initiatives by UHWO organizations including the Library, the Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee, and ASUHWO target these concerns in an effort to make college a more affordable endeavor for students. These initiatives include Textbook Cost: $0 course identification, the development of OER, and a lending library of textbooks for students to use while in the Library.
Copyright can be defined as “a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in tangible medium of expression” covering “both published and unpublished works. (United States Copyright Office, “Copyright in General“) It’s important for teachers and students to understand copyright guidelines to ensure that you are receiving and distributing materials in a lawful manner and so that you know your rights to the materials you author.
Many UHWO faculty conduct critical research and publish findings in reputable journals. The content in this section highlights the publishing process and includes information about the publishing lifecycle, the economic aspects behind publishing, the peer-review process, research impact/scholarly profiles, your rights as an author, and how to publish your research data.
Open Access is a concept that promotes the free distribution of scholarly knowledge, embracing the belief that “sharing is caring.” In the perfect world, where peer-reviewed publications are shared with all, knowledge is advanced at lightning speed, promoting progress in countless fields, and maximizing the impact of individual and collective research.