Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Current Scholarly Communication Lifecycle

The Center for Studies in Higher Education, which has been studying “the needs and practices of faculty for in-progress scholarly communication (i.e., forms of communication employed as research is being executed) as well as archival publication,” has issued a report on “faculty values and behaviors throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle” (i).

The report identifies five “key topics” related to the current scholarly communication system that “require real attention.” They are: (1) tenure and promotion practices; (2) peer review; (3) journal and monograph publishing platforms; (4) new publishing platforms (“plus institutional assistance to manage permissions of copyrighted material”); and (5) “Support for managing and preserving new research methods and products” (v).