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Scholarly Communication Toolkit: Scholarly Publishing

Overview of Scholarly Publishing

In its more than 350 year history, scholarly publishing has evolved from formal publication of discoveries by elite members of scholarly societies to open dissemination of scholarly research through new technological platforms that is increasingly subject to new and emerging forms of peer review and measured for impact by traditional and alternative metrics.

In the course of scholarly publishing's history, issues have arisen with respect to the economic sustainability of publishing's business model as well as how journals should be evaluated and their impact measured. Libraries have been at the forefront in proposing solutions and developing means for addressing these issues.  The library response and action is described throughout the Toolkit.

Within this section, you will find coverage of the following topics:

Topics related to scholarly publishing, including open access and authors' rights, can be found under other sections of the Toolkit.

Scholarly Publishing Organizations

Below are links to several organizations representing scholarly publishers. These organizations frequently provide webinars, handouts and other opportunities to further engage with the topic of scholarly publishing.

Additional Resources