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Scholarly Communication/Publication: Intro

This LibGuide provides researchers and postgraduate students with assistance and resources on publishing (conventional, open publishing and self-publishing) and related issues.


Welcome to this LibGuide on Scholarly Communication/Publishing.    I hope you will find the resources useful.  If you have any queries or suggestions about this LibGuide, please contact Denise Nicholson (see contact details in Profile).



  • Introduction and Definitions
  • Publishing/Publishers
  • Publishing Trends
  • Evaluating Journals
  • Accredited Journals
  • Predatory Publishers
  • Bibliometrics
  • Altmetrics
  • Ethics and Plagiarism
  • Copyright
  • Data Management
  • Myths about Open Access
  • Open Access Monographs
  • Open Science
  • Scholarly Communication and Open Access
  • Wits Scholarship and Open Access
  • Research Process and Resources
  • Wits Library Services and Resources


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What is Academic Publishing?

Defining What Scholarly Communication Is

Defining Scholarly Communication

Guide on Publishing Research