1.6 Let Us Sum Up
The research lifecycle starts with an idea to pursue, followed by data collection, and data analysis, that continues with interpretation of the analysis in the form of a research publication. The major components of the research lifecycle comprise, research planning, data management, and scholarly communication. Ever since the first scholarly journals were started in mid 1600s researchers and academicians have been striving to publish and disseminate their research work through them. The innovative ICT applications have substantially affected the traditional scholarly communication process. The future of scholarly communication process is uncertain, but it is clear that for at least in the coming years it will be conducted using a variety of media, on an array of platforms. Libraries play a major role in the scholarly communication process and with the changing scholarly publishing landscape their role is getting further enhanced.