Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Scholarly and Research Communication is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access, online journal that publishes original contributions to the understanding of production, dissemination, and usage of knowledge. It emphasizes the dynamics of representation and changing organizational elements, including technologically mediated workflows, ownership, and legal structures. Contributions are welcomed in all media and span formal research and analysis; technical reports and demonstrations; commentary, and review.


Section Policies


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Technical Reports

SRC looks for technical reports that have a wide implication for scholarly communication, outlining a technical approach conceptually to a workable technical solution related to online journal publication. The article should provide the foundations, limitations, and recommendations of research, with a call for public comment and scrutiny.

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Commentaries are not original research but are an informed analysis of a critical issue, encompassing a broad set of initiatives in scholarly and research communication.

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Field Notes

In setting up SRC the editorial team realized that there was a great deal of activity involved behind the scenes in inventing and developing digital publishing technology. SRC wanted to encourage the documentation of that process and thus created a section called Technical Reports. Following the example of our colleagues in the health professions we are inaugurating yet another useful category to document scholarly and research communication practice. The category will be called "Field Notes" and its intent is to allow those involved in scholarly publishing to share experience and knowledge that they think would be helpful to others. The category will be peer reviewed to ensure that others think the content useful. It is not our intent to set definitive boundaries but Field Notes could encompass the following:

                accounts of journal foundings

                financial management

                encouraging timely peer reviews

                strategic planning with relationship to secondary aggregators

                legal issues

                the development of performance measures

                adapting to multiple formats

                relationships with commercial publishers.


In overview, SRC is interested in publishes practical accounts of challenges faced by individuals performing the work of scholarly publishing (as opposed to studying scholarly and research communication) when such an account conveys a broadly applicable lesson of interest to our readers. These articles are meant to serve as a resource for individuals facing pragmatic issues in the work of producing scholarly and research communication materials. 


Some helpful guidelines. Those wishing to submit to Field Notes should indicate this in their submission and should feel free to submit articles as short as 1,000 words but probably no longer than 5,000 words. In addition, authors should consider the following, which has been adapted from the British Medical Journal. 

                Please explain to readers in a few opening sentences why they should read the article and what they will learn.

                Provide some context for the article both what the activity was trying to address and where other related accounts can be found. We don't want an extensive literature review but we do want you to establish that someone on the world may have reported on a parallel experience. The reader should have some sense of what prompted the article. (Include references)

                In the actual account of the activity, please avoid personal narrative.

                Consider focusing on recommendations as you draw the article to a close.

                Another useful approach might be to describe the problem experienced, what tools and techniques were tried - which ones were successful and which ones weren't, costs/benefits, risk/reward, and then a section reflecting on the problem and lessons learned.


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Media Reviews

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Guest Editorial

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Reprint (Original published 2009)

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Peer Review Process

Each submitted manuscript is evaluated on the following basis:

  • the originality of its contribution to the field of scholary and research communication;
  • the soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic;
  • the coherence of its analysis;
  • its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).

Normal turn-around time for evaluation of manuscripts is four to six months from the date of receipt.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication will publish articles occassionaly, working toward quarterly publication.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Author fees

Scholarly Research and Communication (SRC) does not charge submission or publication fees.



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Founding Editorial Team

Rowland Lorimer, Professor & Director, CCSP (Chair)
Richard Smith, Professor & Director, CPROST, SFU
Leslie Chan, Director, Bioline International, & Senior Lecturer U of T, Scarborough
John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor, Stanford University
Michael Eberle Sinatra, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal
Ray Siemens, Professor & Canada Research Chair, University of Victoria
Lynn Copeland, University Librarian, Simon Fraser University
Brian Owen, Associate Librarian, Simon Fraser University
Alec Smecher, Technical Architect, PKP, SFU Libraries
James MacGregor, PKP Associate, SFU Libraries
MJ Suhonos, Systems Librarian, SFU Libraries
Mark Jordan, Head of Library Sysems, SFU Libraries
Juan Pablo Alperin, Researcher & Systems Developer, PKP, SFU Libraries
Kevin Stranack, PKP Associate, SFU Libraries
Tarek Lubani, Associate Editor & Technica Advisor, Open Medicine



Ray Siemens, University of Victoria
Adriaan van der Weel, Leiden University
Melissa Terras, University College London
Patrik Svensson, Umeå University
Ernst Thoutenhoofd, University of Groningen


International Editorial Board

Subbiah Arunachalam, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara
Guylaine Beaudry, University of Montréal
Ted Bergstrom, University of California, Santa Barbara
John Bonnett, Brock University
Michael Carroll, Villanova University of Law
Ana Maria Cetto, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México
Thierry Chanier, Université de Franche-Comté
Sely M.S. Costa, University of Brasilia
Marc Couture, Télé-université (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Raym Crow, SPARC, Association of Research Libraries
Marin Dacos, CNRS-EHESS-Université de Provence-Université d’Avignon
Pina D’Agostino, Osgoode Law School
Anita de Waard, Utrecht University
Samuel Smith Esseh, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Gustavo Fischman, Arizona State University
Anne Fitzgerald, OAK Law Project, Queensland University of Technology
Brian Fitzgerald, OAK Law Project, Queensland University of Technology
Frederick Friend, Joint Information Systems Committee
Gabrielle Gardiner, University of Technology Sydney
Michael Geist, University of Ottawa
Jean-Claude Guedon, University of Montreal
Stevan Harnad, Université du Québec à Montréal
Tony Hey, University of Southampton/Microsoft
Eberhard Hilf, Institute for Science Networking Oldenburg
Martin Holmes, University of Victoria
Michael Jensen, The National Academies Press Lorena Kanellopoulos, Australian National Unversity ePress
Muchugu Kiiru, University of Nairobi
Donald W King, University of Pittsburgh
Rick Kopak, University of British Columbia
Michael Kurtz, Harvard University
Derek Law, University of Strathclyde
Fides Lawton, University of Technology Sydney
Eduardo Aguado López, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
John Maxwell, Simon Fraser University
Enyinna Nwauche, Rivers University of Nigeria
Fritz Pannekoek, Athabasca University
Arthur Sale, University of Tasmania
Stuart Shieber, Harvard University
Ray Siemens, University of Victoria
Peter Suber, Earlham College
Damtew Teferra, Boston College
David Solomon, Michigan State University
Colin Steele, Emeritus Fellow at Austrialian National University
Patrik Svensson, Umeå University
Alma Swan, Director of Key Perspectives Ltd
Melissa Terras, University College London
Ernst Thoutenhoofd, University of Groningen
Eduardo Villanueva Mansilla, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Adriaan van der Weel, Leiden University
Gavin Yamey, Public Library of Science



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