Scholarly Communications Research Grants

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is allocating $30,000 in the 2020 fiscal year to offer grants of up to $5,000 each for new research in areas suggested by ACRL’s 2019 report Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future (available for download or purchase). This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) to support ACRL’s strategic goal that the academic and research library workforce accelerates the transition to more open and equitable systems of scholarship.

ACRL invites applications from librarians and information professionals seeking to conduct research that will contribute to more inclusive systems of scholarly communications. Proposed research projects should build on the foundations of the ACRL research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future and fill gaps in existing literature. The committee invites proposals using any investigative methods appropriate to the research questions. These include but are not limited to standard quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as critical evaluations, case studies, reflective essays, and (auto)ethnography. Proposals that involve collaboration between librarians and other higher education stakeholders (such as institutional researchers, faculty, early career researchers, administrators, or students), community partners, or other participants in formal and informal systems of scholarly communication are particularly welcome.

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Frequency: Annual

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