Today’s guest post is courtesy of Sara Kuhn, CFL’s new Scholarly Communication and Social Sciences Librarian. Thanks for giving us an update on all the new resources you’ve all been working on, Sara!
Over the summer, my colleagues and I were hard at work developing a suite of Scholarly Communication Research Guides available through the library website.
Scholarly communication involves how researchers communicate their ideas, their research, and their research data, and how they engage in a broader scholarly conversation. It means knowing about open access versus traditional publishing methods, copyright and author’s rights, and being able to find discipline-specific quality journals and publishers.
Hot topics in higher education and researcher communities online include Open Access journals and publishing, Open Educational Resources (OERs), predatory publishers, and data management. These topics, and more, are covered in the Scholarly Communication Research Guides:
- Open Access
- Open Educational Resources
- Data Management
- UND Scholarly Commons (UND’s upcoming institutional repository)
- Author’s Rights and copyright
- Research Impact – Metrics (journal quality and other metrics)
- Researcher Profiles, IDs, and online communities
- Publishing Strategies geared towards P&T
Metrics are important because they are a way of demonstrating the global impact of one’s research. Altmetrics are really exciting because they are an alternative method of gauging impact in the form of attention scores from social media conversations, Facebook posts, blog posts, news stories, and more.
We can also help you to develop your publishing strategies and learn about how to keep your rights as an author, meaning retaining the right to post, or disseminate your own work.
We will soon have an institutional repository called UND Scholarly Commons where you can deposit data you’ve gathered or papers that you have written. This can include traditional types of resources and data sets, and other work like image collections and various digitized items and objects. It’s a great way to make sure the broader public can access your work.