Scholarly Communication FAQ
We created a suite of research guides with in-depth information on Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Researcher IDs, Research impact (metrics and altmetrics), Data Management, Author’s Rights, and Publishing Strategies. You can also watch a video with guide highlights.
Want to deposit your articles, research, and data in UND’s Scholarly Commons? Find out more on the UND Scholarly Commons FAQ page.
What is Scholarly Communication?
The formal or informal cycle of communication regarding the following:
- research, data, collection, and analysis;
- discovery and dissemination; and
- preservation of research and other scholarly outputs. (Association of College & Research Libraries, Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication 1, 2003).
Visit the Scholarly Communication research guide to find out more.
What is research impact, or metrics?
"Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia" (Australian Research Council).
Research (impact) metrics are:
- Data potentially reflecting either the attention given to—or the impact or quality of—articles, journals, books, and researchers themselves;
- Quantified and presented in a variety of ways depending upon the tool used, the publisher of that tool, and the method of calculation employed;
- Part of a complex and subjective system;
- Incorporated into various tools, websites, and databases;
- Used to support Publishing strategies, Promotion & Tenure).
Find out more on the Metrics research guide.
Altmetrics complement traditional research metrics in supporting applications for tenure and promotion and grant applications, discovering new research, and highlighting university research impact.
How do I find and collocate my research and citations?
How do I make my research visible and accessible?
How is your name reflected in researcher authority records? How many formats is it in, and in how many databases? Let ORCID help you.
ORCID—a standard "go to" for scholars, peers and the publishing industry to identify you and your research—can:
- Create a unique ID (ORCID) for every researcher;
- Connect your IDs and citations across platforms like Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, and more;
- Formulate citation counts and researcher h-indices from this data; and
- Identify you to your peers, letting them know where to find your research.
Are you able to demonstrate that your research is being viewed? You can ensure that it is by depositing your work in the UND Scholarly Commons, UND’s open access institutional repository.
The Scholarly Commons accepts any work of research or archival value conducted by UND faculty, staff, and students. Most publishers will allow you to deposit a version of your journal articles or book chapters on an institutional repository. We can also deposit a collection of works (i.e., a dataset of research videos, or a collection of archival photographs). Contact the Digital Initiatives Librarian, Zeineb Yousif, for more information.
Find out more: Scholarly Commons – Frequently Asked Questions.
What are my rights as an author?
Fear not! You do not have to sign the first contract presented to you. Before signing a contract think carefully about which rights you wish to retain and what the publisher actually needs to publish your book or article for the first time. Knowing what your rights are and what you may wish to do with your work in the future will help you figure out the best way to protect your rights while publishing your work.
Find out more on our Author’s Rights guide.
What are my options for managing my data?
Data management encompasses activities like deciding how to organize your data (naming conventions, version control, access controls, etc.), how to back up data during a research project, and how to preserve and share your data after project completion.
Find out more on our Data Management guide.
You can also make your data open and available to your peers on UND’s Scholarly Commons.
How do I make my data open?
The Scholarly Commons accepts any work of research or archival value conducted by UND faculty, staff, and students. We can also deposit datasets and collections of works (i.e., a dataset of research videos, or a collection of archival photographs).
Where should I publish?
There are many factors to consider when determining where, and how, to publish your work. Visit our guides to learn more about Open Access and developing Publishing Strategies, including information on how to find quality publishers and journals in your field.