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Information Literacy Course International Relations: Introduction


In this section you will learn about scholarly or academic publications, about their characteristics and about their function in scholarly communication.

First, we will look at academic communication. This lies at the heart of academic activity, since academics communicate their research results through conference papers, journal articles, monographs and other academic publications.

Academic literature is published in different formats. These are discussed in the chapter ‘Types of scholarly publications’.

The publishing process for scholarly publications often involves ‘peer review’, a process in which other specialists in the field assess the information to check that it meets the requirements for a scholarly publication.

Learning outcomes

After studying this chapter you will be able to distinguish scholarly publications from popular publications. You will know what the main types of scholarly publications are.