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Scholarly Communication

"Scholarly Communication" is the complex process used by scholars to publish and share the results of their research. It involves a wide variety of interactive elements—research and writing, the intellectual properties produced, the economics of the publishing industry, the control and ownership of published works, technological innovations, and the overall academic culture of research, publication, promotion, and tenure.

Over the last decade, academic administrators, scholars, and librarians have been uniting in efforts that would allow them to "reclaim" the research and scholarly works that they and their institutions are producing. These efforts have included support for new models for scholarly publishing, including open-access journals and archives, institutional repositories that provide access to the intellectual work of the institution’s faculty and students, disciplinary repositories that provide access to the scholarly works produced by a particular discipline, personal web sites for archiving the works of individual scholars, and other approaches that enhance the broad dissemination of knowledge, while preserving peer review and excellence in scholarship.

UNCG Faculty Senate Scholarly Communcations Committee In April 2007, the UNCG Faculty Senate passed a resolution to create of the Scholarly Communications Committee, and the Committee began its work at the beginning of the Fall Semester 2007.

Open Access "Open Access" means providing free access to works through the Internet. Through Open Access, authors enjoy rapid worldwide access to their publications.A growing number of studies have shown that, across all disciplines, open access articles have greater research impact than traditional publications—OA articles are read by more scholars and cited more frequently. Authors who adopt open-access practices are being rewarded for it with increased recognition of their publications—an author with OA publications enjoys a larger community of readers who reference the author’s works with greater numbers of citations.

Author Rights Traditional copyright agreements with commercial publishers usually deny authors the right to use their own works in their teaching and to share their work with peers. Authors are increasingly re-claiming rights to their own works by adding addenda to copyright-release forms.

NC DOCKS: UNCG's Institutional Repository Institutional Repositories (IRs) are open-access archives hosted by universities that store, index, preserve, and redistribute the intellectual output of a university’s research faculty. Currently,UNCG Libraries is developing an IR for UNCG as part of a UNC-System consortia.

NIH Open Access Mandate NIH Public Access Policy on Enhancing Public Access to NIH-Funded Research NIH-funded researchers are required to submit an electronic version of their final, peer reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, the publicly accessible NIH digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles