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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.

One of the fundamental characteristics of scholarly research is that it is created to facilitate inquiry and knowledge. The traditional model for scholarly communication is in crisis. Scholarly publishing models are not economically sustainable, limit the rights of authors, and increasingly limit the right of others to have access to quality information. Transforming scholarly communication is essential to ensure the free flow of scholarly information now and in the future.

Issues for you to consider:

  • Author Rights/Copyright
    Are you unnecessarily giving away the rights to your own scholarly work?
  • Access to Research
     Are you obstructed from discovering the latest developments in your field?
  • Funding Policies
    Are you confused as to how you can comply with funders' requirements that your research results be made fully accessible?
  • Publisher Policies
    Are you bewildered by the array of new options to enable your work to have greater accessibility and higher impact?
  • Preservation
    Are you concerned that researchers of tomorrow will not have access to your work?

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