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Scholarly Communications: Getting Started

Scholarly Communications @TXST

The TXST University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Team educates users about the transformation of scholarly communication and provides services meant to foster a more sustainable publishing ecosystem.

Visit the ScholComm@TXST website for more information.

University Libraries Scholarly Communications Team 2021 - 2022

  • Anthony Guardado
  • Jessica McClean
  • Scott Pope
  • Arlene Salazar
  • Sheila Torres-Blank
  • Stephanie Towery
  • Laura Waugh

Upcoming Events

ORCID ORCID logo             Workshop for Researchers

Update your ORCID Record to Save Time and Get Credit in Funding Applications, Publications, and Research Reporting

When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 1-2pm Central

Registration Link

Getting and using your free ORCID iD and ORCID record can help you save time and get credit for your work in funding, publishing, and research reporting workflows. Funding organizations, publishers, and research institutions are increasingly requiring or asking for ORCID iDs from researchers, so this workshop will help you make sure you are ahead of the game.

This workshop will cover: 

  • An overview of the benefits of ORCID for researchers
  • How ORCID can help you save time throughout the research landscape
  • Tips and tricks for keeping your ORCID record up-to-date

No prior experience with ORCID necessary. The session recording will be sent to all who register.

Speaker Info: This session will be led by Sheila Rabun, Program Leader for Persistent Identifier Communities at LYRASIS. Sheila has managed the ORCID US Community since 2018 and has a background in academic libraries and digital scholarship.

Presented by the ORCID US Community, led by LYRASIS ( in partnership with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (, the Greater Western Library Alliance (, the NorthEast Research Libraries (, and the Health Research Alliance (

For more information on ORCID at Texas State University, see Researcher Profiles: ORCID or contact us:

What is Scholarly Communications About?

Scholarly communication is a multi-faceted term that encompasses various aspects of research and scholarship. It can be defined succinctly as "the system of people, procedures, and tools through which the results of research and scholarship are registered, evaluated, disseminated, and preserved" (Ober, 2008).

Issues that may be considered under the umbrella of scholarly communication include:

  • Authors’ rights,
  • Open access and other publishing models,
  • Control of intellectual property,
  • Copyright, 
  • Cost of commercial publications,
  • Role of scholarly associations,
  • Preservation of intellectual property, and
  • Institutional repositories. 

These issues impact:

  • Collaborative research,
  • An author's use and dissemination of his or her work,
  • The accessibility of unpublished and published books, articles, and other products, and
  • The archiving of scholarly output. 

Decisions made in these areas may have a broad impact in the classroom, in the conduct of research, and the ways in which research and scholarship are shared. The position that an academic institution takes on these matters can affect not only its students, faculty, and staff, but also its standing and reputation.