Scholarly Communication

Introduction to Scholarly Communication

What is Scholarly Communication?

Scholarly Communication refers to the process of scholars and researchers sharing information and publishing their research so that this knowledge is available to the academic and public community.

What does Scholarly Communication have to do with the library?

The library provides researchers with access to online and print journals where scholarly information and research is published. The library works to license these publications with publishers and content providing vendors. The library at OHSU is also a member to open access publishing groups, which saves OHSU authors article processing fees, and assists authors in retaining more of their copyrights.

What can the library do for me?

The OHSU Library Librarians can help you in a multitude of ways. We can assist you in identifying journals in which you might want to publish your findings. We can also help you learn more about open access, publishing, and the NIH Public Access Policy.

How do I keep up with issues happening in Scholarly Communication?

There is a lot of information out there about scholarly communication. You might consider following the OHSU Library's Scholarly Communication Blog: Scholarly Communication@OHSU.

Scholarly Communication Resources


The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is an international network of academic research libraries and librarians that work to advocate for and to correct the imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

SPARC – Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
SPARC – Author Rights Initiative
SPARC – Open Access
SPARC – Open Access Working Group


Open Access

Open Access in publishing refers to a publishing model wherein research, articles, and other scholarly content are made available with fewer financial restrictions and more quickly than traditional publishing models. Several universities have passed open access policies for their faculty, asking them to provide local access to manuscripts of final versions of the faculty's published works. Some are linked below.

Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity
Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication - Open Access Policies
MIT Faculty – Open Access Policy
Oberlin College Open Access Resolution

Oregon State University - College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Open Access Policy
Oregon State University - Library Faculty Open Access Policy
Simon Fraser University - Open Access Strategy
Trinity University - Open Access Policy
University of Kansas – KU Faculty Open Access Policy BioMed Central: The Open Access Publisher
Directory of Open Access Journals
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
PLoS ONE: accelerating the publication of peer-reviewed science
Public Library of Science (PLoS)


Advocacy Organizations and Licensing Tools

Alliance for Taxpayer Access
Open Access Week
Open Data Commons
Open WetWare: Information sharing for researchers in biology and biological engineering
Right to Research
Science Commons

Contact Us

For general questions on the NIH policy, submitting an article into PubMed Central, or to have someone  visit your department and discuss the NIH policy in more detail, contact Robin Champieux at or 503-494-2770.