Scholarly Communication covers a wide range of topics, many of which are thought-provoking and potentially controversial. Each of the following guides is intended to provide you with a short and concise overview of that particular topic. Links to curated resources are provided should you wish to gain deeper insights into some of the important issues.
GUIDE TO Open Access: Why Bother | Since the beginning of the 21st century, the impact of the Internet has prompted significant questioning of the traditional scholarly publishing model. Technological changes have helped trigger calls for scientific research to be made freely available and accessible online. The various initiatives related to this are collectively referred to as the Open Access movement. This Guide will give you an overview of the benefits of Open Access, including the potential public good of universal access, wider and faster impact, and OACA - the Open Access Citation Advantage, etc.
GUIDE TO Research Data Management: Common sense approach | Research Data Management (RDM) is part of a lifecycle that aims to facilitate effective and efficient research. It typically starts from data planning and proposal writing and continues through to dissemination and archiving. This Guide will hopefully convince you that establishing a good and efficient RDM workflow is actually just common sense. With some careful and thoughtful planning along with a methodical approach, your investment will definitely pay off in the long term and help you avoid last minute panic attacks!
GUIDE TO Copyright & Copywrong: Knowing the difference | Like all intellectual property laws, copyright laws are complex and can be seen as confusing, particularly when aspects such as fair dealing exemptions can appear to be unclear. It helps to understand that copyright law exists to "strike a balance between rights and responsibilities". This Guide is designed not to overwhelm you with technical jargon but instead provide a simple and concise overview of frequently asked questions. There are separate sections for teachers, researchers, and students, as well as a "click and learn" glossary.
GUIDE TO Research Impact: Why care | Citation counts are the traditional key metric for scholarly works. Impact measurements have, however, expanded significantly in recent years to include influences beyond academia. Research impact has a much broader meaning nowadays and can be wide-ranging, varied, and project-specific. As a multi-dimensional indicator, it is important to be aware of the pros and cons for each measure. This Guide aims to provide you with basic information about some of the most common measurement tools and why you should care about creating and managing your impact.
Scholarly Communications is a relatively new area in a fast-changing landscape. The major themes are:
Research Data Management
Watch this 3-min animated intro video on what scholarly communication is all about.
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