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What is Scholarly Communication?

“Scholarly Communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use.”

--Association of College and Research Libraries (ARL)

Paywalled? Get an Open Access version!

With so many published papers now freely available through repositories and preprint servers, it's only natural that a new service has emerged: the free version detector. With one click, search the world for free versions of published research.

Publishing Blog

The Scholarly Kitchen from the Society for Scholarly Publishing

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HSLS Classes

Watch for classes available via HSLS Flash Class or by request:

Copyright and Fair Use in the Educational Setting 
Instructor: Andrea Ketchum
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 1

Free Images (and more) on the Web
Instructor: Andrea Ketchum
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 2

Journal Matchmakers: Find the Best Journal for Your Article
Instructor: Andrea Ketchum
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 1

ORCID Author IDs: Boost Your Discoverability
Instructor: Andrea Ketchum
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 1

Showcasing your Research Impact
Instructors: Rose Turner, Andrea Ketchum
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 1

Scholarly Communication Overview

Scholarly Communication Explained (4:01)

James Neal of Columbia University discusses the scholarly communication system. (2010)

ORCID@Pitt: Register today!

Register now for your ORCID iD at 

What is an ORCID iD?

An ORCID iD is a unique and persistent identifier for researchers-- an ID number that makes your scholarship easier to find and attribute so that you get the credit you deserve throughout your career. Learn more by clicking on the ORCID@Pitt tab in this guide.

Impact Metrics

For more on Impact Metrics, visit the HSLS Guide to Impact Metrics.

Excerpts on journals and research impact can be found below in Journal Metrics.

Scholarly Communication Organizations


Andrea M. Ketchum, MS, MLIS, AHIP
Research & Instruction Librarian/ Scholarly Communication Liaison
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