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Scholarly Communication: Welcome

Research dissemination and public engagement

What is 'Scholarly Communication'?

The process of communicating research is commonly referred to as 'scholarly communication'. It involves the sharing of research and creative work through various publication models.  

In recent years, the traditional models of scholarly communication have become less economically and socially viable due to electronic license restrictions and the inflation in journal prices. As a result of this, HE libraries have developed research repositories and the open access publication has become more common.  More information on Open Access is available here.

The relevance of this guide to REF

The purpose of this guide is to provide researchers with the necessary information to disseminate strategically their research output both generally and in preparation for the REF exercise.
Higher Education institutions are evaluated on their research output. Research assessment is not new in the UK.  There have been variations of the REF since 1986.  The assessments are conducted to ensure fair distribution of research funds.


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Stakeholders in the Scholarly Communication Process

There are many stakeholders in the scholarly communication process as can be seen in the diagram below.  They include you, the researcher, publishers who disseminate your research, bibliographic services such as databases that index your work, readers who are your audience, libraries who curate your work and research funders.  

Scholarly communication encompasses the creation, evaluation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.
Click on each of the stakeholders to see their contribution.

Scholarly communication stakeholders by Curtin Library


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Publish, Don't Perish!

This editorial published in the journal Social Work Education is worth a read as it has some good tips on increasing the likelihood of getting published in peer-reviwed journals. 

Publish, Don’t Perish!: Strategies for Getting Published in Peer Reviewed Journals’. Social Work Education 35, no. 5 (3 July 2016): 487–94.