Office of Scholarly Communication
Please contact the Office if you have questions about:
- publishing an article in an open access (OA) journal
- a specific publisher's open access policy
- your rights as an author
- MacSphere, McMaster's Institutional Repository
- publishing an open access journal via McMaster University Library Press or Student Journals @ McMaster
What is Scholarly Communication?
"Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs."
"One of the fundamental characteristics of scholarly research is that it is created as a public good to facilitate inquiry and knowledge. A substantial portion of such research is publicly supported, either directly through federally-funded research projects or indirectly through state support of researchers at state higher-education institutions. In addition, the vast majority of scholars develop and disseminate their research with no expectation of direct financial reward."
Association of College and Research Libraries. White Paper. Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1 (June 2003)