Scholarly Communications in Three Parts OR #scholcomm to the 3rd power.

I’ve been developing this idea over a few weeks and finally just decided I need to write it down before I forget it. I plan to dedicate a good solid three long form posts to this over on my WordPress site, but need to get the basics out here now. 

So, in my time working in Scholarly Communications, this is what I’ve observed… there are three major areas that need to be addressed when building a ScholComm initiative.

(Please imagine this as the musical montage intro to a Guy Ritchie or Wes Anderson film.. bold lettering, freeze frames, etc)

1. The Issues: Authors rights (aka Copyright), promotion and tenure, open access (green vs. gold), plagerism, “free”, digital scholarship, “if it ain’t broke…”, and more. 

2. The Players: Faculty members (senior faculty BUT especially junior faculty who are fighting frantically for tenure), Librarians (frantically fighting to save money and provide good resources on campus as well as develop faculty-focused services which typically has not been a goal of a campus library), grad students (future faculty members who are frantically trying to publish to build a reputation), Senior Administrators – Provosts, Dean of Faculties, VP for Office of Research, Deans/Department Chairs (especially Deans of Libraries) and undergrads interested in digital topics or generally in revolutionzing higher education.

3. The Tools: Institutional Repositories, Campus Open Access Policies ( or resolutions), coalitions (Ex. COAPI), and most importantly good solid accurate information and supporting data.


So, in my experience, the web of complex, political relationships between these three areas is the framework in which Scholarly Communications initiatives take place.

What’d I miss?

Look for expanded posts on each area over at my WordPress site in coming weeks.  


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