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Scholarly Communication is "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use”* This can be through formal means, such as journal articles and book chapters, and it can also be through informal (or less traditional) means, such as professional listservs, blog posts, and social media exchanges.

Librarians at OU Libraries provide scholarly communication assistance on such issues as:
  • locating reputable, scholarly journals in which to publish
  • avoiding questionable or "predatory" publishers
  • translating, explaining, and negotiating publishing contracts
  • consultation on copyright, licensing, and fair use
  • providing advice about open access options and open access publishing support
  • collecting and understanding impact metrics so that scholars can get maximum impact for their work
  • advising graduate students about embargoes of theses and dissertations
  • sharing research outputs more broadly through SHAREOK
* Definition from Association of College & Research Libraries (2003). Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1.

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