Scholarly Communication at Auraria Library

Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is the process of publishing new research findings. Researchers, scientists, and scholars communicate their research to others through journal articles, books, conference presentations, poster presentations, and even blogs. Most scholarly communication goes through the peer review quality control process before it is published.

This page provides links to information about the basic components and aspects of scholarly communication. Further information, including consulting and presentations on topics of interest, is available to the campus community.

Auraria Institutional Repository

Auraria Library maintains a digital repository of special collections materials and scholarly publications. The Auraria Library Digital Collections (ALDC) includes the Auraria Institutional Repository (AIR) which contains scholarly publications by campus faculty, as well as a variety of institutionally-produced content. As of March 2015, the ALDC is live and accessible to anyone. By Fall 2015 faculty at CU Denver, MSU Denver, and Community College of Denver will be able to submit their own open access scholarly works to the Auraria Institutional Repository, maintain a personal collection of submitted content, and collect usage statistics.

Questions or Comments?

Please sumbit your questions or comments Here,  or contact Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at or (303) 556-5936. 

For more information on the Auraria Library Digital Collections, please e-mail Matthew C. Mariner, Head of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives or call (303 556-5817

Overview of Scholarly Communicationscholarly publication cycle

Open Access Publishing

Peer Review

Repositories – Institutional and Disciplinary


Library Reserves

How to Find a Good Journal for your Article Manuscript

If you've drafted an article and need help selecting a journal to submit the work to, here are some resources that may help. Faculty members on tenure-track should first consult their tenure criteria documents, for sometimes these criteria list a department's preferred journals.
For each of the three resources below, you'll be asked to enter your manuscript title and abstract. If you haven't written the abstract yet, try entering some keywords or sentences that reflect your paper's content.
Another way to find journals is to look at the list of journals included in a particular indexing database used in your field. For example, if your field is Psychology, you may want to look at the PsycINFO title list. Or for anthropology, see the Abstracts in Anthropology title list, and so on.
Don't hesitate to consult a librarian for help.

Research and Publication Ethics: How to Avoid Author Misconduct

Never submit any scholarly work that contains plagiarism, self-plagiarism or any other type of author misconduct (and there are many). Because your work will become part of the academic record, it will always be possible for someone to discover any unethical practice that might have occurred.

General Information

Specific Types of Author Misconduct


The Ethics of Self-Plagiarism (PDF - iThenticate)

Duplicate submission
Duplicate Submission/Multiple, Duplicate Publication (PDF - Elsevier)

Image manipulation
Science Image Integrity

Data manipulation

Honorary authorship
Honorary Authorship (Science)

Ghost authorship
Haunted Manuscripts: Ghost Authorship in the Medical Literature (Journal article)

Gift authorship
Gift authorship

Salami slicing
The Pitfalls of "Salami Slicing": Focus on Quality and Not Quantity of Publications (Editage)

Research Publication Metrics

Researchers rely on the impact factor to measure the impact or influence of scholarly journals. The measure is calculated annually for many journals by the company Thomson Reuters and is published in a product they call Journal Citation Reports.

The impact factor is a measure of the average number of recent citations to articles in a given journal from other journals. Higher impact factors indicate greater journal impact. Not all journals have impact factors, and not having an impact factor doesn't necessarily mean a given journal is not a respected one.