Scholarly Communication: Resources for Authors

Why We Write (and Publish)

There are, in general, several primary reasons why faculty members publish:

  • To share new ideas, findings or conclusions (Contribution)
  • To have our ideas validated by our peers (Certification)
  • To gain reputation, respect and prestige (Accomplishment)
  • To establish a record of scholarly achievement (Primacy)

Achieving the goals of certification, accomplishment and primacy are all possible with publication in any respected, peer-reviewed journal with a timely publishing cycle.

Effectively sharing our work, however, is dependent on the accessibility of the journals in which we publish.  In order for our work to be most widely disseminated— and, by extension, to have the greatest potential for impact in our field (and in fields we had never considered)—the journals in which we publish must make our work available to as many people as possible.

The technology of the Internet makes this entirely feasible.  But the economics of scholarly journal publishing present an impediment to broader access.  For over a decade, subscription costs have outstripped the pace of inflation and have made it difficult for even large academic institutions to provide access to all of the necessary journal literature.  Though journals and publishers, both large and small, have made positive changes in recent years, equitable access to research and scholarly literature remains an issue.

One remedy is to re-imagine the scholarly publishing model - seen in the creation of open access journals.

Another remedy is for authors, either individually or collectively, to respectfully request the right to share their intellectual property with whomever they choose.

This site is intended to provide information about both of these options, as well as tools to help you, as a faculty member, engage these issues in very practical ways. 

For more information:

Isaac Gilman | Assistant Professor
Pacific University Library | Scholarly Communications and Research Services
503-352-7209 | gilmani@pacificu.edu

Isaac Gilman, MLIS is responsible for coordinating the Library's scholarly communication services.