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Scholarly Communication: Information and Resources for the UNI Community   Tags: author rights, copyright, creative commons, digital resources, impact factor, institutional repository, journal citation reports, open access, scholarly communication, sparc  

This guide outlines the basic issues related to scholarly communication.
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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The Scholarly Communication website is maintained by the Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee.

The work of the Committee is driven by the Rod Library's Strategic Plan.


Video - Scholarly Communication

James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia, discusses the recent history of conversations about the scholarly communication system (2010).


Blog - Scholarly Communications@Duke

Blog by Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communication Officer, Duke University 

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Contact Information

Questions can be directed to members of the Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee by using the email:

Scholarly Communication Committee Members:

  • Angela Cox/Assistant Professor, Instruction and Liaision Librarian (; 319/273-2839)
  • Thomas Kessler/Associate Professor, Acquisitions Coordinator & Collection Strategist Librarian (; 319/273-2810)
  • Stanley Lyle/Professor, Instruction and Liaisoin Librarian (; 319/273-2843)
  • Katherine Martin/Associate Professor, Head, Resource Management (; 319/273-7255)
  • Ellen Neuhaus (chair)/Associate Professor, Digital Collections Coordinator (; 319/273-3739)
  • Jennifer Waldron/Professor, School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services (; 319/273-2730)

UNI ScholarWorks

UNI ScholarWorks

Rod Library is moving forward with the development of UNI's new institutional repository, UNI ScholarWorks. The purpose of UNI ScholarWorks is to collect, preserve and make available the digital research and creative and scholarly output from the UNI community.

Examples of works that can be added include faculty journal articles, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, concerts and performances, and photographs.  

Recently endorsed by the Faculty Senate at the University of Northern Iowa:

  • Resolution encouraging contribution to the UNI institutional repository (UNI ScholarWorks) and to initiate conversations about the open-access movement

Iowa Board of Regents:

"The Board strongly encourages faculty, students, and employees of Regent institutions to seek to retain intellectual property rights to the articles and reports that they publish in scholarly journals and equivalent types of publications...Doing so on a systematic basis will ensure the widest possible dissemination at the lowest cost. Each institution shall be responsible for providing information, advice, and assistance to faculty, students, and employees to achieve this aim." -- Approved at the May 15-16, 2002 meeting, located under "Copyright Procedures" section.


    What Is Scholarly Communication - Why Should I Care About It?


    Scholarly communication is a multi-faceted term that encompasses various aspects of research and scholarship.  It can be defined succinctly as "the system of people, procedures, and tools through which the results of research and scholarship are registered, evaluated, disseminated, and preserved" (Ober, 2008).  Scholarly Communication includes both the dissemination of and access to scholarship and research in a variety of formats and states of completion, such as published books or journal articles, research results and data sets, and drafts of papers - University of California, Davis, University Library.

    Issues that may be considered under the umbrella of scholarly communication include authors’ rights, open access and other publishing models, control of intellectual property, copyright, cost of commercial publications, role of scholarly associations, preservation of intellectual property, and institutional repositories.  These issues impact collaborative research; an author's use and dissemination of his or her work; the accessibility of unpublished and published books, articles, and other products; and the archiving of scholarly output.  Decisions made in these areas may have a broad impact in the classroom, in the conduct of research, and the ways in which research and scholarship are shared.  The position that an academic institution takes on these matters can affect not only its students, faculty, and staff, but also its standing and reputation. 
    10 Things You Should Know about...Scholarly Communication   - Association of College & Research Libraries  publication

    Learn More (click on the tabs at the top of the guide):

    Ober, John. (February 2008) "A View toward the Public Side of Scholarly Communication." Against the Grain, vol. 20, no.1.

      Suggested Readings

      Suggested Readings on Scholarly Communication


      Reports and Documents


      Scholarly Communication News - Rod Library

      News entries by the Rod Library Scholarly Communication Committee at the University of Northern Iowa.

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      Scholarly Communication @ Rod Library, UNI


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