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Scholarly Communications

In 2003, ACRL defined scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to to the scholarly community, and preserved."


W&M Libraries can help you with your publication.We have books on book publishing

There are several things you will want to do to get your name out there as a scholar, or at the very least as someone who's interested in a particular topic. These are:

  • Create a LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking tool with more than 530 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide
  • Create an ORCID ID:  ORCID is a nonprofit organization that offers a free 16-digit identifier (“ORCID iD”) to academic authors and other contributors to research and scholarship. This ID number allows researchers to connect themselves with their works and affiliations so their outputs can be correctly attributed to creator(s) and aggregated and tracked throughout their careers. More than 3.8 million ORCID iDs have already been minted. ORCID has produced a fun and informative video that provides an overview of their services:
  • Create a Google Scholar site: Once you create a profile and identify yourself and your publications, GS will update the number of times they have been cited automatically. Keep in mind that Google Scholar is only one way to assess impact for your publications. Others are listed on our Journal Impact page.

Identifying Predatory or Low-Quality Journals

Predatory journals are part of an exploitive open access publishing business model involving charging authors publication fees without providing editorial and other publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

Recent publications about publishing

Chronicle of Higher Education's Lingua Franca (language and writing in academe) blog

Delta Think. (2018) OA Technology Options.

Etkin, Adam, Gaston, Thomas & Jason Roberts. Peer Review: Reform and Renewal in Scientific Publishing. University of Michigan, 2017. (A free ebook on current peer review practices and challenges.)

Forrester, A., Björk, B.-C. and Tenopir, C. (2017) New web services that help authors choose journals. Learned Publishing, 30: 281–287. doi:10.1002/leap.1112

Kafka, Alexander C. (May 30, 2018) Another Sign of a Tough Job Market: Grad Students Feel Bigger Push to Publish. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Saunders, Manu E. et al. Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs R. Soc. Open Sci.; DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170957.

Some guidelines for using Twitter from the Chronicle of Higher Education's ProfHacker blog

Posters as publications

Poster presentations are a great way to summarize a project. Here are some resources for putting together effective posters:

Flaherty, Colleen. (2019). #better poster.

Vaugh, KT. (2016). Conference Posters for All Libraries: Tips and Tricks for Posters that Educate, Advocate, Praise and Promote.


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