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Scholarly Communications

Scholarly communication describes the system of creating, evaluating, circulating, and preserving research and scholarly work. The methods and norms of scholarly communication vary by discipline and have shifted significantly over time. Scholarly communication takes place in formal settings such as peer-reviewed publication in journals or books and informal settings such as blog posts.

Dalhousie Libraries support the scholarly communication of scholars and students at the University by providing access to resources through the Libraries website and catalogue and by offering a growing range of services.

If you have a question about scholarly communication, contact scholarly.communications@dal.ca

Institutional Repository: DalSpace

DalSpace provides access to the intellectual output of the University. Master’s and Doctoral candidates are required to deposit their theses and dissertations

Faculty members are encouraged to deposit copies of their work in the repository if allowed by the terms of their publication agreements. If you need assistance in depositing your work, contact dalspace@dal.ca.

Journal Publication: Online Journal Systems (OJS)

The Dalhousie Libraries provide access to online journal software. We handle the initial set-up of journals, answer questions about how to use the software, and can make recommendations about how to implement the journal. Journal owners are responsible for publishing content, managing subscribers, and customizing the design of the journal. If you would like to publish a journal with us, start by reading our Getting Started with OJS guide.

The Dalhousie Libraries encourage journals using OJS to distribute their content to adopt Open Access publication models. Information about Open Access models can be found in the Open Access Subject Guide.

Copyright, Public Domain, and Open Access

Circulation of information and knowledge is at the heart of scholarly communication and  questions about access to and reuse of published information are common. The Libraries are responsible for the University’s Copyright Office and we can provide you with information about intellectual property and your rights and responsibilities.

Author Processing Charges

Many open access and closed access publishers charge authors processing or page fees to cover the costs of publishing articles. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC grant funds can be used to cover Author Processing Charges (APC).

While Dalhousie University does not have a separate fund to cover APCs, several publishers offer discounted or waived APC fees to researchers whose libraries subscribe to the publishers’ journals.

Most publishers do not have an automated way of associating researchers with subscribing libraries and researchers must self-identify in order to obtain reduced APC fees.

Further information can be found on the APC Libguide

Author’s Rights

If you are distributing your work through a traditional publisher, you may be asked to transfer your copyright to the publisher. When you transfer your copyright, you will be limited in how you can circulate and re-use your work.

Copyright transfers are sometime negotiable and you can attach an author’s addendum to ensure you retain certain rights such as self-archiving in an institutional repository

Some journal publishers provide a variety of open access options. You can quickly check these options by checking Sherpa-Romeo, an online service that collects and standardizes information about journals’ open access and copyright policies.

Digital Scholarship Initiatives

The Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) Committee is actively involved in supporting the scholarly communication efforts of the Dalhousie Community. If you have an idea for a new initiative, please contact the Chair of the committee, Sarah Stevenson.