Scholarly publications have historically enabled scholars to communicate their research findings to other scholars via peer-reviewed articles or monographs published by commercial or academic presses.  While still the primary mode of scholarly exchange within academia, this standard is shifting. More and more, researchers are experimenting with genre categories, reaching out to new communities of readers and reviewers,  and  exploring new funding and publication models.

This section of the OSC site provides an overview of scholarly publishing in transition – focused primarily on those shifts that offer the promise of a freer exchange of knowledge and information, explore new ways of measuring value, empower authors to make informed decisions about the use of their scholarly materials, and have significant implications for library collections budgets. In many ways, we are charting new directions in scholarly publishing.


Learn how copyright affects how you can use the work of others, and how you can use your own work once you’ve signed a publication agreement.

Funding & Support

Nothing’s free.  Explore how academic institutions, publishers, and other organizations are experimenting with funding models beyond subscriptions and sales.

Metrics, Identifiers, and Profiles

Identifiers distinguish works of scholarship and their authors from similar items. Identifiers are increasingly used at the article level, rather than for a whole journal, providing interesting new opportunities to measure impact. Learn about emergent new services that allow scholarly authors to track and showcase their work.

Open Access

More and more often, scholarly publications are openly accessible without subscription. Learn why authors and publishers are moving to this model and how publications make it to the open web.

Peer Review

Peer review has traditionally preceded and worked in tandem with publication. Explore new approaches, including pre-submission peer review and purposefully minimalist review.

Policies & Legislation

Federal agencies, private funders, state governments, and UC have all recently considered or adopted requirements to make scholarly publications freely available to the public. How does all this affect UC authors?