Scholarly Communication at Appalachian State University

Scholarly communication is the system scholars and researchers employ to create, distribute, use, and preserve their work.

Faculty at Appalachian State play various roles in the system of scholarly communication: as authors and researchers, peer-reviewers, society members, and editors. The digital age has brought greater opportunities to share work and read the scholarship of others. At the same time, changes in the traditional methods of scholarly communication have influenced the university's ability to provide access to the information on which members of the Appalachian State community base their research. The challenge for faculty is deciding how to make best use of the present publishing environment and create opportunities for the future.

Librarians have been leaders in the movement for expanded sharing of scholarship. Here are some of the many library resources available to you:

    NC DOCKS is a new open access repository of scholarship by the faculty of a number of UNC System schools such as Appalachian State, UNC-G, ECU and others. Appalachian scholars, who want to gain a wider audience for their research and hence greater impact, should consider participating in NC Digital Online Collection of Knowledge and Scholarship (NC DOCKS), a statewide digital repository of scholarly work and managed locally by the Library. NC DOCKS contains full text articles and other scholarly output; Materials added to NC DOCKS have a dependable URL, are indexed by Google and freely available to scholars and researchers worldwide. Researchers can also submit their data sets.  This is especially useful for investigators preparing grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) which requires a data management plan for the research and data.

  • Managing Your Intellectual Property
    Managing your own copyright as an author is crucial to retaining important rights to copy, reuse, and post your scholarship online. Your subject specialist can talk with you about your rights as author and point you to an author addendum to use when publishing to help retain certain copyrights such as the right to distribute your work to your students and to deposit it in an online repository such as NC DOCKS.

  • Open Access Publishing
    Librarians can help you identify open access journals in your field that are peer-reviewed and well-regarded. The Library is also willing to help faculty members pay for publication in open access journals that are under an author-pays model.

  • The Market for Information
    What economic factors are helping drive the open access movement and the development of repositories such as NC DOCKS and PubMed? Librarians in Collection Management and Acquisitions deal with the inflation on materials and e-resources daily.

  • Taking Action: Steps for Faculty Authors
    Librarians can help work with faculty authors who want to take control of their scholarship. We recommend a few steps such as depositing articles in NC DOCKS and retaining copyright whenever possible. We are happy to consult further about author rights.

Please contact Allan Scherlen at for more information.