Framing the Scholarly Communication Cycle
Scholarly communication is evolving from a buzzword into a discipline and it follows a cycle. Between the steps in the cycle are issues that influence each segment of the cycle. Although any starting point in the cycle will work, this discussion will start with research, defined as work done by scholars for promotion, teaching, professional development, or social good. As the research continues, the idea develops. The next step is putting fingers to keyboard and writing the manuscript. A publisher takes or buys that copyrighted material and distributes it to the world. Publishers produce resources such as journals, books, Web sites, and other methods of documenting scholarly communication. The resources are destined for collections. Since open access journals (OAJ) are Web-based and not restricted by physical printing, they offer more opportunities for scholars to distribute their intellectual property rights. By using the Scholarly Communication Cycle as a framework, the complicated issues of OAJ can be discussed in context.
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