May 19, 2022

OCLC Research Publishes Framework to Help Organize, Drive Discussions About Evolving Scholarly Record

From Today’s Announcement:

To help organize and drive discussions about the evolving scholarly record, OCLC Research developed a framework that has been published in the report, The Evolving Scholarly Record.

Written by Brian LavoieEric ChildressRicky ErwayIxchel FanielConstance MalpasJennifer Schaffner, and Titia van der Werf, the report provides a high-level view of the categories of material the scholarly record potentially encompasses, as well as the key stakeholder roles associated with the creation, management, and use of the scholarly record.

Highlights From the Report

  • A confluence of trends is accelerating changes to the scholarly record’s content and stakeholder roles.
  • Scholarly outcomes are contextualized by materials generated in the process and aftermath of scholarly inquiry.
  • The research process generates materials covering methods employed, evidence used, and formative discussion.
  • The research aftermath generates materials covering discussion, revision, and reuse of scholarly outcomes.
  • The scholarly record is evolving to have greater emphasis on collecting and curating context of scholarly inquiry.
  • The scholarly record’s stakeholder ecosystem encompasses four key roles: create, fix, collect, and use.
  • The stakeholder ecosystem supports thinking about how roles are reconfigured as the scholarly record evolves.

Direct to Full Text Report: The Evolving Scholarly Record.
25 pages; PDF.

This report comes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Changes in Scholarly Communication activity.

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