Introduction to scholarly communication

Scholarly communication is the process of academics, scholars and researchers sharing and publishing their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community and beyond.

Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University

Academic librarians cannot have failed to notice the increase in research support roles currently available in the sector but what is all the fuss about? The resources on this page outline the basics of scholarly communication and research support in order to offer an overview of the current debates and issues within the sector.

Presentations

Scholarly Communication 101 – delivered as part of the 2017 Research Support Ambassador Programme, this hour long workshop outlines the basics of scholarly communication, the research lifecycle and the support that libraries can offer.

Scholarly Communication Update 2018 – the world of scholarly communication and research support is a fast moving one. Many different external developments can influence local practices but the speed can make it hard to keep up. Join the OSC for this short and accessible webinar which outlines some of the key developments in the scholarly communication landscape over the last year including the launch of Plan S, the breakdown of negotiations with Elsevier in Europe and the current copyright lawsuits against ResearchGate.

Videos

Research Lifecycle in 3 Minutes – this video explores the basic concept of the research lifecycle over a typical project.

The 21st Century Academic Library – learn about the changes to the academic library in the 21st century and how this impacts the services that are offered. This video was created as part of the Research Support Ambassador Programme. A transcript of this video is also available.

Podcasts

The 21st Century Academic Library – learn about the changes to the academic library in the 21st century and how this impacts the services that are offered. This mini-podcast was created as part of the Research Support Ambassador Programme.

Resources

Research Lifecycle Activity – this resource outlines an exercise for academic librarians to explore the support they offer at various stages of the research lifecycle.