Scholarly Communication 101

**Note from the blogger known as Jean–My computer decided to die during the last 30 minutes of this presentation, so I apologize for not being able to provide more detailed notes for the last portion**
Scholarly Communication 101
A standard definition of 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.
More simply, an author submits an article that is reviewed by the publisher, who makes it available to libraries for a certain cost, which is then obtained by users. Unfortunately, with this model, users are purchasing content that they possibly created or content that they supported.
Author → Publisher → Libraries = Users
Naturally, there are several obvious issues with this model

Economics of Publishing – the major issues

1. Extraordinary price increases (average 8%)
Sadly, there seems to be no correlation between price and quality. This is especially problematic in our current economy where we are already operating with reduced budgets.
2. Mergers and acquisitions
3. Bundled content, which is efficient and helps limit inflation
While bundled content allows libraries to have access to more resources, the disadvantage is that there is a loss of control over the selection. It is not uncommon to have access to a bundle that has one useful resource and 3 not-as-useful resources
4.Volume of information

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