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Scholarly communication is the life-blood of the university’s teaching and research mission. Issues of copyright, intellectual property rights, and the long-term preservation of digital assets are posing new challenges to faculty, schools, & librarians.
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2013
The UCI SCAMP Website is the major source of events and news regarding Scholarly Communications issues at UCI.
- SCAMP Website
UCI's base of information on Scholary Communications and related issues.
- UCI DIgital Scholarship Services
The UCI Libraries Digital Scholarship Service helps the UC Irvine community publish, share and preserve the digital products of research.
- UCISpace@the Libraries
UCIspace @ the Libraries is an open access service for the UCI community to publish, manage, and preserve diverse kinds of research output.
- UC eScholarship
eScholarship is the CDL Publishing Group’s open access scholarly publishing platform, providing digital publishing services to the University of California and delivering a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide
- UC Pubs
A collaboration between the CDL’s Publishing Group and UC Press, UCPubS offers UC departments, research units, and publishing programs the flexibility to provide free digital access to their book projects while retaining the ability to sell print copies.
In the Spring of 2012, the faculty of the University of California will be discussing an Open Access policy for the university. The effort is being coordinated by the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication and will result in a draft policy for consideration by the system-wide faculty Senate and the campuses beginning as early as possible. To learn more about this discussion, please download the document below which contains background, a model policy and a number of "Frequently Asked Questions" about open access generally, UC-specific issues of policy and implementation.
Questions, suggestions, criticisms or ideas should be forwarded to your campus COLASC representative.
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Scholarly Communications is used to describe the process of academics, scholars and researchers have for sharing and publishing their their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community. Extending that definition, scholarly communications is also about the creation, transformation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge related to teaching, research and scholarly endeavors. The background for this was the escalating prices that libraries were paying for "buying back" research that was conducted at their institutions by their own faculty members. Today, the notion of scholarly communications includes a call for sustainable pricing from scholarly and commercial publishers. It also encourages the awareness of the creation, transformation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge related to teaching, research and scholarly endeavors.
An understanding of scholarly communications assumes familiarity with:
- author rights
- the economics of scholarly resources
- new models of publishing
- open access
- institutional repositories
- rights and access to federally funded research
- preservation of intellectual assets
Basic resources about Scholarly Communications include the following recommended materials:
ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. ARL has created SPARC as the umbrella for its scholarly communications activities.
- SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by ARL, it has become a catalyst for change. Action by SPARC in collaboration with stakeholders--including authors, publishers, and libraries--builds on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship. Leading academic organizations have endorsed SPARC.
- SPARC Campus-based Publishing Resource Center
Provides information for libraries, presses, and other academic units interested in launching and maintaining campus-based publishing partnerships.
- Create Change
An educational initiative that examines opportunities in scholarly communication, advocates changes that recognize the potential of the networked digital environment, and encourages active participation by scholars and researchers to guide change. Initiated by the ARL.
- Digital Scholarship
Provides information and commentary about copyright, digital rights management, network neutrality, open access, and scholarly electronic publishing issues.
- Scholarly Communication Institute
Provides opportunities for leaders in scholarly disciplines, academic libraries, advanced technologies, and higher education administration to study, develop, and implement creative strategies to advance scholarly communication.
SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research.
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