Scholarly Communications Resources

Below are informational resources and tools on several scholarly communications topics.


  • SPARC Article Level Metrics Primer – This primer provides an overview of what they are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.
  • – Website for everything about the study and science of altmetrics.
  • ImpactStory – Tool designed to create a quick and easy to view the impact of a wide range of research outputs. It goes beyond traditional measurements of research output — citations to papers — to embrace a much broader evidence of use across a wide range of scholarly output types.
  • Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity’s 56 Indicators of Impact, and J.Britt Holbrook’s corresponding blog post.

Author’s Rights

Fair Use

Open Access

Public Access to Research

  • Berkman Center’s Notes on the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) – Comprehensive resource outlining the main points of FASTR and its current status in Congress, comparisons to other proposed legislation, statements of support, and news coverage.
  • Alliance for Taxpayer Access – Coalition of patient groups, physicians, researchers, educational institutions, publishers, and health promotion organizations that support barrier-free access to taxpayer-funded research. Site provides suggestions of how individuals and organizations can get involved in supporting public access to research.
  • Right to Research Coalition – Organization providing literature and other resources for use in promoting open access and public access to students.

ASERL Scholarly Communications Resources

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