Scholarly Communications Services

What is Scholarly Communications?

The Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines Scholarly Communication 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 University Libraries acknowledge the importance of assisting our students and faculty throughout the cycle of scholarly communication in support of the teaching, discovery, and clinical care mission of our university. Learn more about these services below.

If you have questions regarding Scholarly Communications issues, contact Sandra Bandy, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at 706-721-0299 or

ACRL Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication:

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Copyright and Fair Use Consultations

Do you know about Copyright Transfer Agreements or the Fair Use guidelines for using materials in Desire2Learn? Learn more about this topic on Copyright and Fair Use research guide.


Measuring Research Impact

Do you need assistance to determine the impact factor of journals in which you publish? Or figuring out how to measure the impact of your research through social media? Learn more about this topic on the Research Impact section of the Graduate School research guide.


NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Assistance

Are you a researcher with publications resulting from NIH funding? If so, you are required to submit your final peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central no later than 12 months after being accepted for publication according to the NIH’s Public Access Policy. Learn more about this topic on the NIH Public Access Policy research guide.

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Open Access Education

There are alternative publishing avenues to explore when publishing your research. Open access, as defined by Peter Suber (2004), is a method of publishing in which literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Learn more about this topic on the Open Access research guide.

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Researcher Identifiers (ORCID)

Researcher identifiers provide a persistent digital identification that distinguishes you from every other researcher. ORCID is a free researcher identifier. Learn more at

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Scholarly Commons

Scholarly Commons is Augusta University’s institutional repository hosted and managed by the University Libraries. Learn how you can deposit your scholarly works to increase its discoverability on the Scholarly Commons research guide.