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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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Scholarly communication and access to research outputs

Claire Creaser

Introduction

Scholarly communication covers a wide spectrum of activity, broadly in two areas – publishing and disseminating the results of research, and providing access to the published material. These activities have been the focus of much research in recent years, particularly in relation to academic journal articles and the movement for open access to journal articles, made possible by the increasing availability of content in electronic formats. Academic and other research libraries clearly have a significant role in the scholarly communication process as information providers and access facilitators. This role is sometimes undervalued and misunderstood, as researchers ...

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