The Scholarly Communication Handbook: From Research Dissemination to Societal Impact

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This is a complete guide exploring how to evaluate the best place to publish academic research today.

Scholarly communication covers a broad range of topics and issues, and advances in online platforms and tools for research support have led to unprecedented changes in publishing options, research assessments, and research policies. As a result, researchers are facing a transformed scholarly communication landscape, making research dissemination and societal impact a complex topic. Guided by the question "Where to publish?" this handbook explores publication types, open access (OA), and licensing options, as well as appropriate uses of research metrics and the benefits and setbacks of peer review. It answers questions such as:

  • What are the key considerations for exploring new publication venues and experimenting with new forms of publishing?
  • Why are research metrics and open research important topics in scholarly communication?
  • How can scholarly communication librarians and researchers prepare for future changes in scholarly publishing?

The book provides a comprehensive overview of the knowledge required for understanding and navigating the scholarly communication landscape. Critical issues about research integrity, bibliodiversity, and sustainability are also addressed to provoke discussions and debates about the future of scholarly publishing and communication. Readers will be empowered not just to make informed decisions about where they publish, but also to understand policy changes and advocacy work in relation to research and publication processes. This book is essential for researchers and students alike who are aspiring to or currently work in academic libraries and the teams who support them.

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1 The Scholarly Communication Landscape


Major actors

Where to publish?

Research support and scholarly communication

How to use this book

2 Publication Types



Journal articles

Conference proceedings

Non-traditional publication channels

Publication types and scholarly communication

3 Open Access


The open access movement

Green open access

Diamond open access

Gold open access

Open monographs

Open access at a crossroads

Open access and scholarly communication

Online resources

4 Copyright and License to Publish



Licence to publish: exclusive and non-exclusive

Creative Commons licences

Rights retention strategy

Copyright, licenses and scholarly communication

Online resources

5 Peer Review


The peer review process

Traditional peer review

Open peer review

Peer review and scholarly communication

6 Research Metrics


Journal-level metrics

Article-level metrics

Composite metrics: h-index

Data providers and coverage

Matthew effect

Responsible metrics

Research metrics and scholarly communication

Online resources

7 Societal Impact


Planning for societal impact

Ex ante and ex post impact assessment

Social media: research and societal impacts

Societal impact, social media and scholarly communication

8 Research Integrity



Paper mills



Generative AI: Chatbots and more

Research Integrity and scholarly communication

9 Critical Issues and the Future of Scholarly Communication


Oligopolistic publishers

Open research

Bibliodiversity, multilingualism and sustainability

The future of scholarly communication

Lai Ma

Lai Ma is Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin, where she serves as the Director of the Master of Library and Information Studies program. Her research is mainly concerned with the interrelationship between research evaluation, research policy, and knowledge production. She has published numerous research articles on the topics of bibliometrics, impact evaluation, and peer review.