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Scholarly Communication, which includes both formal elements (e.g. journal articles, books) and informal (conference presentations, pre-prints). Apart from the academics (and their funders and host institutions) there are two main players in the scholarly communication supply chain: publishers (responsible for managing the quality control, production and distribution) and librarians (responsible for managing access and navigation to the content, and for its long-term preservation (though this latter role is changing with electronic publishing)).
Journals form a core part of the process of scholarly communication and are an integral part of post-secondary research. Journals do not just disseminate information, they also provide a mechanism for the registration of the author’s precedence; maintain quality through peer review and provide a fixed archival version for future reference.
Despite a transformation in the way journals are published, researchers’ core motivations for publishing appear largely unchanged, focused on obtaining research funding and furthering the author’s career.
Scholarly communication encompasses a wide range of activities, including conference presentations, informal seminar discussions, face-to-face or telephone conversations, email exchanges, email listservs, formal journal and book publications, preprints, grey literature and perhaps social media.
One important aspect of scholarly communication is for the reader to determine if the scholarly communication was the result of an evaluated or non-evaluated process i.e. Peer-Review.
The Scholars Take The Process Very Seriously
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