Research and the scholarly communications process - principles

Added by Sarah on 02 March 2007

The RIN has produced a statement of principles for research and the scholarly communications process, signed by many of the major organisations involved in this field.

Scholarly communications has become a battlefield over the past four or five years. Researchers, funders, publishers and librarians have debated how best to exploit the opportunities presented by new technologies to maximise access to the information resources that researchers create. Researchers now expect immediate access to articles in scholarly journals and other information resources directly on their desktop; and there is potential to transform the provision of information still further, through text-mining and linking different information sources together.

Maximising access to research results through an effective scholarly communications system is an essential underpinning for high-quality research and knowledge transfer in the UK. But publishers are concerned that developments such as the deposit of journal articles in freely-accessible repositories may put at risk the whole future of scholarly publishing, and the highly-valued and quality-assured services that they provide.

This statement has been signed by the following organisations:

  • The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
  • The British Library
  • The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers
  • The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
  • The Publishers Association
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  • Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
  • The Research Information Network (RIN)
  • The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)
  • The Wellcome Trust

The RIN is currently working on a scholarly communications toolkit to help key stakeholders apply the principles set out in this statement.

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