Course Jukebox

Course Jukebox

Course Detail

Standard Academic Year
1, 2
Course delivery methods
Biological sciences, Computer Science, Mass communications & documentation
Master's Program in Informatics
Master's Program in Informatics
Tsukuba Campus
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Scholarly Communication and Infrastructure University of Tsukuba

Course Overview

In this lecture, students learn the overview of scholarly communication and scholarly publishing system which supports the communication, and understand the current situation and some challenges of scholarly communication. In former part of the lecture, students learn the relationship between research practices and scholarly communication, and the new wave of scholarly communication (e.g. the change of scholarly journal, open access, open science.) In the latter part of the lecture, students learn scholarly publishing system which supports scholarly communication, such as business model of scholarly journals, research support services by academic libraries, and scholarly information network.

Learning Achievement

・To be able to understand and explain about the feature of scholarly communication and the change of it effected by electronic media
・To be able to understand the challenges of scholarly publishing system and propose the better idea to them


Management competence, Internationality competence, Qualitative research ability, System expertise, Resource expertise

Course prerequisites

Grading Philosophy

Students will pass the class based on the following criteria.
(1) Students will be required to submit at least 7 out of 10 small essays after each class, and receive a 80% of the full marks for those submitted. The essays will be evaluated in terms of "pertinence."
(2) Students must submit two essays based on the items indicated in the achievement goals assigned at the end of each instructor's class (5th and 10th) and obtain 60% of the full marks. The essays will be evaluated in terms of "logical composition" and "pertinence."
The grade of A+ to C will be based on the total score of the two essays and the ten small essays.

Course schedule

(1)Orientation (Matsubayashi, TBA)
(2)Change of Formal Communication effected by Electronic Media (Matsubayashi)
(3)Change of Informal Communication effected by Electronic Media (Matsubayashi)
(4)Open Access (Matsubayashi)
(5)Open Science (Matsubayashi)
(6)Business Model of Scholarly Journals (TBA)
(7)Research Support Services by Academic Libraries (TBA)
(8)Scholarly Information Network (TBA)
(9)Evaluation of Researchers (TBA)
(10)New Scholarly Communication as Platforms (Matsubayashi, TBA)

Course type


Online Course Requirement


Other information

[Attendance] Students won't be checked their attendances in each class, but will be requested to attend discussion sessions and make some statements to each issue.
[Assignments] Students will be requested to write an academic short essay when each class will be over. Students will also be requested to write an academic essay (3 to 4 pages in A4 format) in approximately two weeks, after 5th and 10th class will be over. All assignments will be requested to submit to “manaba.”
[Class Style] Basically, Face-to-Face. Classes may go online during the course, due to the requests by the University or the Government. In that case, Microsoft Teams will be used as a platform.

Site for Inquiry

Please inquire about the courses at the address below.

Contact person: Matsubayashi Mamiko

Email address:

Link to the syllabus provided by the university