What is Scholarly Communication, and how does it affect me?

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), "Scholarly communication can be defined as the process by which scholars and scientists conduct their research and make the results of their work known."1

Faculty members and graduate students: when you write and publish journal articles, books, white papers, technical papers, give presentations, poster sessions, or make other contributions to research in your field, you participate in scholarly communication.

Do you want to distribute your work as widely as possible? Are you interested in increasing hit counts on articles that you have published online and potentially increasing your citation counts? Are you interested in making sure that your works are preserved for the future? If so, read on.

What is Open Access, and what are Author Rights?

Open Access literature is freely available online. There is no charge for people to access your work, and it can be searched by Google and other search engines. According to a growing body of studies, Open Access literature is more likely to get hits than non-Open Access literature. Some studies have concluded that Open Access literature gets higher citation counts.

Learn more about Open Access and how you can make your scholarly works Open Access.

Making your work available online means that you must have the right to do so. If you gave your copyright to your publisher when you published your article or other work, you do not have the right to make it freely available.

With this in mind, read on about what you need to know to retain your Author Rights.

What is Seahawk DOCKS?

Seahawk DOCKS (Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship) is UNCW's portion of a shared database called NC DOCKS. Designed by UNC Greensboro and shared with UNCG, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and UNC Pembroke, NC DOCKS is a database that is designed to hold digital, online copies of faculty articles, white papers, and other scholarly works, in addition to student theses and dissertations. Works stored in Seahawk DOCKS are fully searchable by Google.

Learn more about how you can store your work in Seahawk DOCKS.

What is the Faculty Scholarship Collection?

The Faculty Scholarship Collection is a collection of faculty-authored works (articles, books, films, etc.) housed in the Archives at Randall Library. To submit a print copy of an article, book, paper, or other work to the Faculty Scholarship Collection, contact UNCW Archivist Adina Riggins.

1. Case, Mary M. 2002. Igniting Change in Scholarly Communication: SPARC, Its Past, Present, and Future. (As published in Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 26) Available online at http://www.sparc.arl.org/sites/default/files/presentation_files/SPARC_advances.pdf, 9/24/2008.