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Scholarly Communication

Information of interest to faculty, students, administration, and librarians concerning the process of communicating research and scholarly work in the academic press (print or online; journals, books, abstracts, and conference proceedings).

Additional Reading


Below are links to resources in the Baylor Libraries that explain the ins and outs of scholarly publishing or textbook publishing and are good sources for keeping up to date on the scholarly publishing world. The titles are links to the OneSearch record for call number and availability information.

You might also want to read the blog entry "Insights on Scholarly Publishing Opportunities" from Eileen's blog.  It includes links to interviews with acquisitions editors from scholarly publishers as well as other information for publishing in scholarly journals.

Searching for information has changed in the age of online information discovery.  One way things have changed is through the use of DOI's or Digital Object Identifiers.  The purpose of a DOI is to better identify intellectual property in an online environment.  These numbers first started appearing in scholarly use when the American Psychological Association required their inclusion in bibliographies and reference lists for journal articles, but DOI's are now also assigned to books and book chapters. Since it is possible to disarticulate an article from the full journal issue it appeared in or a book chapter from the full book, DOI's provide a means for identifying this information and are useful tools for discovering more complete bibliographic information.  A good overview of DOI's is provided by Wiley Online's Help page on Digital Document Identifiers.  

Data Policies and Repositories

Scholarly Communication Blogs

The following blogs discuss scholarly communication and open access issues:

Scholarly Society Statements

Texas Digital Library

Baylor University is a member of the Texas Digital Library.  The library is a consortium of Texas higher education institutions that support shared services for teaching and research.  Although they have a number of initiatives, the most important services available from TDL for Baylor are:

  • Digital Preservation Network -- The Digital Preservation Network is being created by research-intensive universities to ensure long-term preservation of the complete digital scholarly record. TDL serves as a node on the digital preservation network.  UT-Austin and the Texas Digital Library are closely aligned with this project.
  • DSpace -- Baylor's institutional repository, BEARdocs, uses the DSpace software to create, manage, and make discoverable collections of resources that reflect the intellectual artifacts produced by Baylor faculty and students, with the largest collection being all electronic theses and dissertations produced at Baylor since Fall 2005.
  • Open Journal System -- Software that manages the set-up and maintenance of an online journal, including online submission, blind peer review, manuscript revisions, and final publication.
  • Texas Data Repository -- Launching in fall 2016, the Texas Data Repository was created using Harvard's Dataverse software and is a platform for publishing and archiving datasets (and other data products) created by faculty, staff, and students at Texas higher education institutions -- in part to fulfill data management plans that require open access to research data.
  • Vireo -- Software that effectively manages the submission of electronic theses and dissertations to institutional repositories, from the student's inital submission to the final release of the ETD in the repository.

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