This is the JISC blog for research, or scholarly, communications. By this we mean the ways in which academic researchers share their findings with each other and with the wider world, including aspects of dissemination, access, certification, quality control, preservation, and approaches to recognition and reward. The blog’s authors are Bill Hubbard (JISC Research Communications Strategist), Fred Friend (JISC Scholarly Communications consultant) and me, Neil Jacobs (JISC Programme Manager). We look forward to using this blog to let you know about some of the work JISC and others are doing in this area, and to encourage informed debate of the many issues that arise.