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Scholarly Communications

What is Scholarly Communication?

Scholarly communication refers to the formal and informal processes by which research and scholarly works are created, evaluated, disseminated to the scholarly community and broader public, preserved, used, and transformed.

The way that scholars communicate is changing. Emerging forms of scholarly communication often address existing challenges, take advantage of opportunities created by the digital environment, and provide new ways to share, discover, collaborate, and innovate, all at an accelerated pace. Exploration and experimentation with emerging forms of scholarly communication can help scholars better navigate these changes and can help ensure that the scholarly communication system evolves in a way that supports their needs.

VCU Libraries can help scholars make more informed decisions about how their research is shared and used, explore new methods of measuring the value and impact of that research, and promote a more open exchange of information that can help increase the impact of VCU’s research on the broader scholarly community and public.

VCU Libraries Services

VCU Libraries provides information about copyright and scholarly communications. However, we do not provide legal advice. For legal advice, please consult the Office of University Counsel. 

Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian Hillary Miller is available for consultation via email or phone, and can lead workshops or presentations for classes or faculty. 

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