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Scholarly Communication Reconsidered

Abstract The paper describes the scholarly communication process and the history and developments of scholarly publishing, with particular reference to journal publishing. While discussing the scholarly communication process in the context of journal publishing, it identifies four challenges: Peer-review, Journal Impact Factor, Cost of Journals, and Perpetual Access to Digital Publications. In order to make a case of reconsidering the current scholarly communication practices due to recent developments in information and communication technologies, the paper recommends adoption of Open Access to scientific information and research, open peer review, Open Educational Resources, and Social Media in the scholarly communication process. It concludes that reconsidering practices in scholarly communication will not only increase access to scholarly information, but also increase communication amongst scholars and potential scholars (students), and increase the possibility of achieving universal access to quality and relevant information at the right time.


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