Scholarly Communications at Carnegie Mellon University
In the past, scholarly communications was narrowly defined as the system for disseminating scholarly work, primarily through journals. Today, the definition encompasses the systems for creating, registering, evaluating, disseminating, preserving, and reshaping research and scholarship, including intellectual property policies and the entire gamut of publication types, from traditional journal articles, books, and conference papers to blogs, podcasts, webinars, sound and video recordings, and interactive multimedia.
Scholarly communications is important because it supports those who engage in research and thereby supports the advancement of knowledge. There is widespread belief that the traditional system for disseminating scholarship is in crisis. Evolving systems present opportunities for research to be shared more broadly and rapidly.
See Faculty Roles in the Evolving Scholarly Communications System [video], a presentation by Provost Mark Kamlet.