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Scholarly Communication Services

Librarians provide faculty, students, and staff with practical strategies and tools to meaningfully advance and participate in academic creation. From planning and organizing a new research project to demonstrating the impact of your work, we are here to provide guidance and support to enhance your scholarly activities. We offer personalized individual and group consultations, interactive workshops, and online tutorials, videos, and guides.

What is scholarly communication?

Scholarly communication is the system through which research, scholarship, and creative works are created, evaluated, distributed, and preserved.

- ACRL Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication

Areas of Expertise
  • Copyright: The laws and best practices of using the work of others, as well as protecting and sharing your own work.
  • Publication Outlets: Traditional and innovative publishing models (including open access), journal credibility and evaluation, and tips for working with publishers.
  • Preservation and Promotion: Repositories (including UNC’s institutional repository), researcher IDs and profiles, and methods for showing the impact of individual, departmental, and institutional scholarship.
  • Data Management: Data management plans, locating and using existing data sets, and preserving and sharing data. 
  • Affordable Course Materials: The creation and use of Open Educational Resources and other free-to-students course material options.

For additional details on these and other services available through the University Libraries and greater campus community, see our guide Overview of Research, Scholarship & Creative Works Support and video tutorials Scholarly Communication Video Series.

Schedule a Consultation with a Scholarly Communication Librarian