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Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern University

Resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion

What are Scholarly Communications?

In 2003, ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) defined 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 system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs."  Scholarly communication is frequently defined or depicted as a lifecycle documenting the steps involved in the creation, publication, dissemination and discovery of a piece of scholarly research. 

What you need to know about Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern

What you need to know about Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern

The GS University Libraries offer a full array of resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion. In addition to the University's digital repository and scholarly profiles for faculty, our scholarly communications team of specialists can assist you with data management planning and curation, copyright and reuse licensing, promoting and monitoring use of your work, and building your professional identity.

  • The Scholarly Communication Team includes:
  • You can read more about Georgia Southern Commons, Selected Works and Data Management Services in the sections below or, for more information on any of these topics, please contact Ruth Baker, Scholarly Communications Librarian by email: or request an online research appointment.

NOTE: The Author Metrics and Impact workshop is on hold during the spring of 2024 while the Libraries make enhancements to their researcher profile and metrical services.

Georgia Southern Commons

Georgia Southern Commons

Georgia Southern Commons is the official open-access digital repository for Georgia Southern University. Georgia Southern Commons collects and disseminates the intellectual and creative output of the University’s faculty, staff, and students, including: 

For more information, visit the Institutional Repository Services  support page or contact the Georgia Southern Commons Team.

Selected Works

SelectedWorks Author Profiles

SelectedWorks Author Profiles compile your information and scholarship in one place with options to archive or link to your scholarly work other sites. SelectedWorks offers unique features from other profile services, including:

  • Turnkey Service: Let the library staff create and maintain your SelectedWorks profile by submitting an updated CV to the Georgia Southern Commons Team at You can edit your profile at any time.
  • Google Optimized: SelectedWorks profiles are optimized for discovery via Google and Google Scholar.
  • Archiving: Works completed while you serve at Georgia Southern will be archived in Georgia Southern Commons and featured in our college and departmental Faculty Publications and Faculty Bookshelf collections. 
  • Google Southern Branding & Inclusion in Expertise Search Gallery: Enjoy Georgia Southern branding and be included in the University's Expertise Search Gallery while you serve at the university. Take your profile with you if you leave. Transfer your profile to another institution if they use SelectedWorks.
  • Citation Metrics and Altmetrics: Receive citation and usage reports for your scholarly works via PlumX.

For more information, visit the Selected Work Profiles support page (under the IR Services page)  or contact the Georgia Southern Commons Team at

Data Management Services

Data Management Services

Henderson library provides comprehensive Data Management Services for all faculty and graduate students, including:

  • Data Management Planning
  • Data Management Plan (DMP) Consulting
  • Funder and Publisher Research
  • Copyright and Reuse licensing Consulting
  • Working Data Curation and Archiving
  • Data Sharing and Preservation

For more information, visit the Data Management Services support page or contact Jeff Mortimore, Digital Scholarship Librarian.