Scholarly Communications


Scholarly Communications

What is it?

Scholarly Communications is an interdisciplinary field of librarianship that facilitates the dissemination of academic research by fostering emerging communication technologies while reducing legal barriers to access.


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Authors' Rights
Data Curation
Digital Humanities
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Geographic Information Systems
Linked Data
Learning Management Systems
Open Access Publishing
Scholarly Repositories

The Scholarly Communications team at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library supports new, interdisciplinary modes of research, discovery, and publication, ranging from geocoding to data citation to open access publishing. Broadly speaking, the scholarly communications team provides support to students and faculty members in the following areas:

Authors' Rights

Know your rights as an author and how to retain copyright when publishing with academic journals and presses. Understand the concept of fair use and its application to your scholarly projects. Learn more...

Data Curation

Discover how to encode your data and share it with peers by employing standards for data documentation and data citation. We can also advise you about data management protocols and data repositories. Learn more...

Digital Humanities

Broadly speaking, the digital humanities applies computational methods of analysis to humanistic topics of inquiry. While projects in the digital humanities take many forms, we can advise you about standards, protocols, and technologies to consider when creating a project. Learn more...

Workshop Series (Fall 2014)

11 a.m. on Fridays in Room 418a, Central Library

Learn new tools and techniques in the field of scholarly communications and digital scholarship. See the schedule...

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Read dissertations across a wide range of disciplines using Vanderbilt University's Electronic Theses and Dissertations database. We can advise you if you have questions when preparing your thesis for inclusion in the database about fair use and the licensing of copyrighted material. Learn more...

Geographic Information Systems

Learn how to incorporate geographic information in your research. Whether you are working with geocoded research data or mapping a sequence of historical events, we can advise you about how to represent your geographic information effectively using a variety of technologies. Learn more...

Linked Data

Linked Data encompasses a range of methods of encoding data from Semantic Web Technologies to Network Analysis and Textual Graphs. We can advise you on tools, methods, standards and protocols for linked data projects.
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Learning Management Systems

Enhance your students' classroom experience with OAK (Online Access to Knowledge). We can provide you with guides and tutorials for learning how to use OAK, advise you on how to match OAK’s tools to your teaching style, and assist you if you have problems. Learn more...

Open Access Publishing

Publish your scholarly work in one of the peer-reviewed open access journals hosted by the Heard Library. We will be glad to assist you with understanding the different kinds of open access - such as the difference between "green" and "gold" models. We can also advise you about distributing your work under a Creative Commons license. Learn more...

Scholarly Repositories

Share your research with peers worldwide by depositing your scholarly articles in DiscoverArchive, Vanderbilt University's institutional repository. We will also be glad to assist you with understanding and complying with open access requirements from the NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies. Learn more...

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