Scholarly Communication encompasses the entire cycle of scholarship—1)research, data collection, and analysis; 2)authoring; 3)peer review; 4)publication; 5)discovery and dissemination. As a scholar each stage requires a decision that impacts how the research is disseminated and used. These decisions have implications for the scholar, the research, and society. Within scholarly communication there are a variety of prominent issues related to the cycle of scholarship, including copyright, author rights, open access, publishing, digital archiving, and data management. The library guide is designed to aid scholars with understanding the cycle of scholarship and components of scholarly communication; providing the information necessary to make the most appropriate decision.