Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know®

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Oxford University Press, Jun 4, 2018 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
The internet has transformed the ways in which scholars and scientists share their findings with each other and the world, creating a scholarly communication environment that is both more complex and more effective than it was just a few years earlier. "Scholarly communication" itself has become an umbrella term for the increasingly complex ecosystem of publications, platforms, and tools that scholars, scientists, and researchers use to share their work with each other and with other interested readers.

Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know offers an accessible overview of the current landscape, examining the state of affairs in the worlds of journal and book publishing, copyright law, emerging access models, digital archiving, university presses, metadata, and much more. Anderson discusses many of the problems that arise due to conflicts between the various values and interests at play within these systems: values that include the public good, academic freedom, the advancement of science, and the efficient use of limited resources. The implications of these issues extend far beyond academia.

Organized in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, this book provides a lively and helpful summary of some of the most important issues and developments in the world of scholarly communication -- a world that affects our everyday lives far more than we may realize.


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1 Definitions and History
2 Who Are the Scholars and Why Do They Communicate?
3 What Does the Scholarly Communication Marketplace Look Like?
4 What Is Scholarly Publishing and How Does It Work?
5 What Is the Role of Copyright?
6 What Is the Role of the Library?
7 The Role of University Presses
9 Needs and Practices in STM and HSS
10 Metrics and Altmetrics
11 Metadata and Why It Matters
Opportunities and Challenges
13 Problems and Controversies in Scholarly Communication
14 The Future of Scholarly Communication

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Rick Anderson is an academic library administrator, author, and speaker with 25 years of experience in scholarly communication. He has served as the president of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) and of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog. Anderson was the 2013 recipient of the HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award.

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