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Scholarly communications 101

About this module

This module will introduce you to traditional scholarly publishing, the players and partnerships that enable dissemination of scholarly research, and explain how Open Access is disrupting scholarly communications. You'll also be able to explore the emerging and future scholarly communications landscape through the eyes of a number of international experts.

A number of video materials in this module are re-used with the permission of the creators, others have been recorded here at The Australian National University. Whether you are an aspiring scholar, an academic newly embarking on your research career, or an established researcher, this module is for you!


The Scholarly communications 101 module is made up of four topics:

  1. What is scholarly communications?
  2. Players and partnerships
  3. Open Access
  4. Further perspectives

Each topic is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos and suggested additional resources to help you gain a better understanding of the topic.

This is a self-paced course, which means that all of the content is available and you are free to move ahead, or pick and choose content at your own pace.

This Scholarly communications 101 module provides you with materials regarding:

  • historical developments in scholarly communication
  • limitations of current publishing models and systems
  • diversity of scholarly outputs and means of dissemination in the digital world
  • emerging initiatives to support open scholarship
  • Open Access publishing benefits for authors, researchers, and society
  • Open Access models and journals
  • institutional repositories and self-archiving.

This module includes a pre and post survey, designed to help us create and deliver the best modules we can. We encourage you to complete these surveys. You are also welcome to provide us with your feedback at anytime.


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Connect with other learners and debate ideas, discuss course material, and get help mastering concepts via the discussion forum for this module.

Contact us if you need help with the module or transcripts. If you have questions about open repositories or university presses, you can contact The Australian National University Library's Open Research team in the first instance.