Scholarly Communication encompasses the complete scholarship lifecycle: research, data collection and analysis, authoring, peer review and certification; publication and discovery. Each stage is affected by decisions dictating how the research is disseminated and used. These decisions have implications for scholars, the research, and society. As a scholar, you need to possess basic knowledge of the related issues, including copyright, author rights, open access, publishing, digital archiving, and data management, in order to make informed decisions. This library guide is designed to help you understand the scholarship lifecycle and its underlying issues, empowering you take action and make the best choices to further the reach of your work.