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Scholarly Communications

Services for the Jefferson community

Associate Director, Library Information Services

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Gary Kaplan


Scholarly communication is often defined as “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” (Association of College & Research Libraries, “Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1,” 2003, emphasis added).

The Scott Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching & Learning provide resources, training, and support to the Jefferson community in all phases of the publishing lifecycle.​


Scholarly communications cycle

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Open Access

"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives." Source:

  • Authors, publish your work in an Open Access journal to raise the visibility and impact of your of research. Jefferson will provide financial support to faculty, students, and staff who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals through its Open Access Fund. Financial support will mostly cover Article Processing Charges (APC).
  • Place your work in the Jefferson Digital Commons to make it free for others to read and choose a Creative Commons license to make it explicit that others are free to reuse your work.