Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly works are created, evaluated, disseminated and preserved. This system includes traditional means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and emerging channels, such as digital humanities projects.
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As a creator of scholarly content, you typically own the rights to the works you produce. Before signing a publication agreement, it's important to consider how you would like to use your works in the future. Learn more about your rights as an author.
Researchers and educators use and produce copyrighted materials every day. Contact us to discuss copyright, exceptions such as fair use, securing permission to use a work, or other intellectual property issues. Learn more about copyright.
We can help you explore your options for publishing open access. Open access refers to research that has been made freely available online and is sometimes licensed to allow reuse. Publishing open access or archiving your published works can increase your worldwide visibility and readership. Learn more about Open Access resources or apply for funding through our Open Access Fund.
Billions of literary, scientific, and educational works have been made freely available for your use through open licensing. We can help you find works that can be reused for teaching and research or assist you in licensing your own scholarship. Learn more about some of the most common open license options at Creative Commons.
Once your scholarship has been published, you’ll want to ensure its longevity and maximize readership. Contact us to discuss strategies for preserving your scholarship through disciplinary repositories, Scholar Commons, and other sharing venues. We can also help you develop a social media strategy for your research. Learn more about sharing your research through Scholar Commons.
Using freely available course materials is a great way to save your students money, improve learning outcomes, and customize your teaching materials. Make an appointment for help locating, modifying, or creating cost-free learning materials. Also, apply for our annual SCoer Faculty Award or visit our OER guide to learn more.