Guide to Scholarly Writing, Publishing, and Research Impact

This guide to scholarly communications will acquaint researchers with knowledge and tools for better understanding and managing the dissemination of their scholarly research.


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Erin Owens
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This guide is intended to guide you through various stages of the scholarly communication lifecycle.

The pages in the menu on the left will suggest resources that can help you to:

  • STRENGTHEN understanding of the scholarly writing, peer review, and publishing process;
  • MANAGE data resulting from your research, including open archival when mandated; 
  • DISCOVER journals that publish in a certain field or on a certain topic;
  • COMPARE journals based on scope, mission, metrics, and more, to find what is right for you;
  • AVOID predatory publishers and journals; 
  • CONSIDER OPEN-ACCESS publishing and its benefits; 
  • KNOW your rights for post-publication use of your article;
  • PROMOTE your research products; 
  • COLLECT post-publication data to show the impact of your research;
  • APPLY metrics and altmetrics to tell the story of your research in CVs, tenure and promotion portfolios, etc;
  • MANAGE your researcher identity and online presence or profile.


Scholarly Communication 101

Scholarly communication is frequently defined or depicted as a lifecycle documenting the steps involved in the creation, publication, dissemination, and discovery of a piece of scholarly research. 

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I'm Here to Help

As your Scholarly Communications Librarian, I am here to help any faculty and students with issues related to the scholarly communication lifecycle. Please don't hesitate to call! 

depiction of the scholarly communication lifecycle: Research, Data Collection, and Analysis; Authoring; Peer Review; Publication; Discovery and Dissemination

Examples of available assistance:

  • Research the reputation and quality of a specific journal title.
  • Identify high-quality journals in a field that may be good options for a manuscript/topic.
  • Compare open-access publishing options and understand different publishing models, article fees, etc. 
  • Help add an author addendum to a publishing agreement to protect more post-publication rights.
  • Answer questions about using a work after publication, including whether and how it may be shared through Scholarly Works @ SHSU; a subject repository like arXiv, SocArXiv, etc.; or a scholarly social network like ResearchGate. 
  • Compile various metrics about your published research to help tell the story of its value and impact, such as for tenure and promotion packets, grant applications, or similar.
  • Create an ORCID profile or establish other research profiles to manage a researcher's online presence.
  • Learn how to use EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, or other research and citation management tools. 
  • Learn about DMPTool, open data mandates, or other information related to research data management. 
  • Answer other questions about the scholarly communication lifecycle.


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