'Scholarly communication is 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.'
--ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries). (2003). Principles and strategies for the reform of scholarly communication 1. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/whitepapers/principlesstrategies/