Scholarly publications contain research findings that have been reviewed by subject experts prior to being published in a journal, book or another media form.
Research aims to increase our knowledge within different disciplines. This means that research findings must be made available. Findings that are not published do not become a part of the scholarly knowledge base, nor can they be used in practice in the society at large. Moreover, publishing is an important way for researchers to boost their careers. It is therefore vital that the research community has access to efficient forms of publishing.