IS40900 Scholarly Communication

Academic Year 2022/2023

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, research impact, copyright, open access, 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 channels and platforms for publishing and disseminating scholarly work, including traditional and non-traditional research outputs
§ Explain common copyright issues related to publishing, open access, and institutional repository
§ Analyse the purposes, uses and implications of bibliometrics and research assessments

Indicative Module Content:

Bibliometrics, open access, copyright, research impact and research evaluation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, in-class discussion, 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

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