Why do we need to be aware of these disruptive influences on the Scholarly Communications environment?
- There are philosophical issues about the openess of scholarly work.
- There are intellectual property issues involved as copyright is reconsidered.
- There are significant financial implications depending upon how materials are peer-reviewed and distributed.
- There are regulatory and legal implications based upon agency and sponsor expectations and conditions.
Who needs to be involved in these conversations?
- authors, editors, peer-reviewers, publishers, societies (who rely on publication revenue), administrators, and librarians.
What are the next steps?
- Document the current trends, requirements, proposals, and options.
- Discuss the immediate and long-term implications of these actions on students, scholars, and institutions.
- Develop institutional policies and practices, and provide required infrastructures for compliance.
- Maintain awareness of new developments.
The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides content and context on a broad range of relevant topics.
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David Stern, Library Director, Saint Xavier University