IS40900 Scholarly Communication

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the ways in which scholarly work is produced, disseminated, evaluated, and preserved in academic and research institutions. Students will be introduced to topics including print and digital publishing, societal impact, copyright, open research, and research evaluation. This module is open to MLIS and PhD students (all disciplines).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Articulate the diverse research and publication practices in different research fields
- Identify and recommend platforms for publishing and promoting scholarly work, including traditional and non-traditional research outputs
- Engage in discussions and development of open research
- Explain common copyright and licensing issues related to academic publishing
- Develop impact statements, impact case studies and research-for-policy
- Analyse the purposes, uses and implications of bibliometrics and research assessments

Indicative Module Content:

Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 The Academic Publishing Landscape
Week 3 Publication Types: What’s Right for You?
Week 4 Preprints, Publishing Agreements, Copyright and Licensing
Week 5 Open Research
Week 6 A Short History of (Evaluative) Metrics
Week 7 Data Analytics and Benchmarking (Scopus Workshop)
Week 8 Peer Review and Research Integrity
Week 9 Impact Statements and Impact Case Studies
Week 10 Research for Policy
Week 11 Social Media for Academics
Week 12 Discussion of Emerging Topics and Critical Issues

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, in-class discussions and workshops 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Alternative formats: educational resource, blog post, podcast (approx. 8 mins), or video essay (approx. 8 mins) Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Assignments and in-class discussion/presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 13:00 - 14:50