Scholarly Communication
The Association of College and Research Libraries defines Scholarly Communication  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 information and links to resources below are for researchers, physicians, nurses, faculty, and students regarding aspects of the process used by scholars to share and use the results of their and others’ research. This page also highlights the ongoing activities of the MSK Library in support of this endeavor.

Selected Initiatives
Altmetrics – Initiative working towards the creation and establishment of metrics based on the social web for analyzing and informing scholarship. PLoS represents a publisher interested in standardizing other measures for showing the influence of an article within the scientific community.

Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) - This initiative (December 2012) was started by the American Society for Cell Biology together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals who recognized the need to improve the way in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated.

Force11 (The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) – A community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change towards improving knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, they aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology.  This group has grown into an open movement with clearly identified stakeholders associated with emerging technologies, policies, funding mechanisms and business models.

NIH Public Access Policy - View the policy as outlined by the National Institutes of Health.

Open Access – Learn more about the Open Access movement and publishing in open access journals.

ORCID – This initiative represents a community effort to solve the name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by creating a registry of persistent unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other ID schemes. 

What the Library is Doing
Copyright – Learn more about copyright and author rights via a customized MSK LibGuide.

NIH Public Access Policy - View a customized guide which covers policy impact and what MSK authors need to do for compliance. The MSK Library encourages all publishers we work with to increase their level of policy support as outlined by the NIH Policy Support Statement  (joined statement developed in collaboration by AAHSL and MLA). 

Open Access – Learn more about Open Access via a customized MSK LibGuide.

ORCID@MSK - The MSK Library is an active participant and institutional member of In support of improving researchers’ scholarly workflow, we will help our authors obtain their ORCID iD. Visit our informational page to learn more about this service. Comments or questions about our support service should be directed Donna Gibson.

Sloan Kettering Open-Access Publication (SKOAP) Fund  - This resource provides detailed fund information (requirements and eligibility guidance) which underwrites reasonable article processing fees for open access journals when funds are not otherwise available. The fund is administered by the MSK Library and Research and Technology Management.

Synapse – Comprehensive database of MSK authors and their publications.  Find who’s publishing, connect to full text publications, subscribe to RSS feeds and more. The Library has integrated Altmetric scores within the Synapse record when available.

Today’s Science Sparks Archives – The Library’s daily featured articles by MSK authors.  See the home page for the day’s selection or the archives for previously featured articles.

Tools for MSK Authors - Resources selected by the Library to assist with research and the publishing process.