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What is Scholarly Communications?

"Scholarly Communications" describes the process of scholarly research and publishing. In recent years, technological advances have disrupted the traditional peer-reviewed publishing model, and as a result, the concept of scholarly communications has expanded to include all activities surrounding content creation and dissemination. In today's environment, scholarly communications is concerned with several complex issues. This guide is intended to introduce some of the most prominent issues in scholarly communications, and provide CSU-Pueblo faculty, students, and staff with information, resources, and advice on how to navigate the changing landscape of scholarly publishing. 

Open Access

The term "Open Access" is used by researchers, publishers, and funders, but what does it really mean? How does it impact you and your research? This guide includes a brief history of the Open Access movement, a glossary of common terms, advice on how to find and evaluate open access books and journals, and a guide to locating open data repositories.

Data Management

The federal government has spearheaded several initiatives that require researchers to make their research products (both articles and research data) publicly available. The Data Management Guide covers federal funding requirements, what to consider when making and implementing a data management plan, and up-to-date information on individual agency policies and resources. Researchers at any stage of a project may contact the library for individual consultation or assistance. 


Copyright laws are intended to balance the interests of creators, consumers, and publishers. Copyright law is notoriously complex, and is further complicated by digital publishing options. This guide provides a brief introduction into copyright law and fair use applications, as well as digital publishing and content licensing agreements. 

Author Rights

As soon as you start creating a new original work in any fixed medium (including electronic formats), your work is copyrighted and no further action is necessary for it to be protected. But when you sign a contract to publish that work, you may be asked to transfer your copyright. The traditional academic publishing model requires authors to sign away the rights to their work, but this doesn't have to be the case. Authors can retain some or all of their rights by releasing it under a Creative Commons license, by publishing it in an open access journal or monograph, or by using an author's addendum to negotiate a traditional scholarly publishing contract. ​​