What is Scholarly Communication?
The Scholarly Communication system incorporates and expands on the more familiar concept of scholarly publishing, and includes both informal and formal networks used by scholars to develop ideas, exchange information, build and mine data, certify research, publish findings, disseminate results, and preserve outputs.
This vast and changing system is central to the academic enterprise, which makes it central to the work of academic librarians.
News & Ideas
Public access to funded research gets a big boost
When the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 this week, it included language tucked away in Sec. 527 that gives a huge boost to public access to Federally funded research. The bill requires all Federal agencies with research & development budgets of $100 million+ each year to provide free, online access to peer-reviewed articles stemming from Federal funds within 12 months of publication. The agencies impacted include the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other sub-agencies), and the Department of Labor.
This builds upon the existing National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy, which itself was legislated in an Omnibus spending bill, and on the February 2013 Directive from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It also is in keeping with many of the principles of the Federal Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) legislation that has been introduced to Congress, with bi-partisan support.
Although the details of implementation have yet to be addressed, this is a critical step toward increasing public access to funded research. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law soon.
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Open Access Consulting
Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, is available to consult with faculty individually or in groups on open access, copyright management and author rights retention, and compliance with funders’ public access requirements. Contact Molly at email@example.com or x5829 for support.