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Open Access publishing was developed in response to the high cost of journal subscription costs and the demand for access to research results in scientific fields.
Untenured faculty who publish in open access journals should consider: you may have to pay large fees to publish your articles and the open access journal may not be considered as prestigious in your department or field.
Scholarly communication can be defined as “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs.”
From the Association of Research Libraries website