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Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communication

What is “Scholarly Communication”?

According to the Association of Research and College Libraries:

“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. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic mailing lists. This document addresses issues related primarily to the formal system of scholarly communication.

One of the fundamental characteristics of scholarly research is that it is created as a public good to facilitate inquiry and knowledge. A substantial portion of such research is publicly supported, either directly through federally-funded research projects or indirectly through state support of researchers at state higher-education institutions. In addition, the vast majority of scholars develop and disseminate their research with no expectation of direct financial reward.”


  • Open Educational Resources (OERs) – We provide grants to UConn faculty to (1) review OER textbooks, (2) create OER textbooks, handbooks, and and other learning materials, (3) flip their courses to using OERs to increase affordability and academic freedom. Creative Commons licensing help and advising available.
  • Research Data Services – We help you manage your data to increase the pace of the research process, contribute to the soundness of research results, help meet funder requirements, and make research easy to share and discover. 
  • Workshops – We teach workshops and seminars periodically for the UConn community on author rights, evaluating journal quality, and other topics. We also host an annual event series during Open Access Week.


  • Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) – We provide maintenance, delivery, and preservation of a wide range of digital resources for educational and cultural institutions and state agencies in the State of Connecticut.
  • Digital Projects – We host and support award-winning digital scholarship projects such as the Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project, which won the 2018 Award for Research from the Center for Research Libraries.
  • OpenCommons@UConn – We manage the University’s repository for the intellectual output of the UConn community. Our repository can accommodate virtually any publication, presentation, or production in electronic format. We encourage authors to self-archive their research or take advantage of our journal publishing services.
    • Publishing Services – We host and support open access scholarly journals affiliated with UConn, including The Journal for Evidence-based Practice in Correctional Health and The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, as part of OpenCommons@UConn.


  • Author Rights – We provide a guide for you to understand and retain your rights as an author and researcher.
  • Citation Analysis for Promotion and Tenure – We provide a guide for you to conduct citation analysis, finding impact factors and journal rankings, to support your promotion, tenure, and reappointment process.
  • Evaluating Journal Quality – We provide a guide for you to understand the tools and methods for evaluating the quality of scholarly journals. Intended for authors, editors and reviewers.
  • Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) – We are an ORCID member organization. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and supports automated linkages across various scholarly communication systems ensuring that your work is recognized. Create your ORCID today!
  • Research Data Management – We guide you through best practices in research data management and available data storage options at UConn.

Other Initiatives

  • Greenhouse Studios – We are forging a new model of inquiry-driven, collaboration-first scholarly production.

Other Resources

  • SHERPA/RoMEO – We encourage you to use this searchable database of publishers’ open access policies. Included are summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis.