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The Crisis in Scholarly Communication:

Origins of the Crisis in Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication refers to the formal and informal processes by which the research and scholarship of faculty, researchers, and independent scholars are created, evaluated, edited, formatted, distributed, organized, made accessible, archived, used, and transformed.

Publishing is the formal system whose key players include faculty, publishers (including scholarly societies), and libraries. Building on the works of others, faculty first create and then give their research to publishers; publishers provide peer review, editorial improvement, and wide distribution; libraries acquire, organize, and provide access to primary resources and new materials and preserve them for future generations of scholars.

The current system of scholarly communication is changing. Libraries and their institutions can no longer keep up with the increasing volume and cost of scholarly resources. The promise of the digital revolution to decrease costs and increase access has been thwarted by commercial publishers interested in maximizing revenues through raising prices and restricting use. Projects and proposals to transform the system are being shaped primarily by stakeholders outside of the faculty. Involvement by faculty is critical in ensuring a new system that meets your needs and those of future scholars.

High Costs for Print Journals and Books

High Costs of Electronic Publishing: An Alternative with New Challenges

 Loss of Control In the Marketplace

  Loss of Control Through Copyright

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