This presentation discussed the current landscape on scientific publication, and the route from ‘analogue’ to digital scholarship (Borgman, 2007; Holliman et al., 2009; Weller, 2011). The Digital Scholarship project was used to reflect on potential changes to academic practice.
Traditional routes to publication are well known. Primary literature is about establishing priority, including printed text (Montgomery, 2009), and the peer review process (Wager,2009) and tends to be searched by indexes (Gartner, 2009). ‘Alternative’ routes to publication have emerged including pre-print servers (e.g. arXiv), open access journals, open review (e.g. JiME), open repositories (e.g. ORO), popular science books, or ‘festschriften’. Other sets of communication opportunities include press conferences, and news and current affairs media, with further possible forms of publication including ‘secondary’ and ‘grey’ literature,email and online forums, social media and networking, podcasts, audio downloads and web video. Figures in this landscape of publication include academic journals, scientific institutions, ‘big science’ projects, higher education institutions, industry, news media, magazines,NGOs and scientific citizens.

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Rethinking the scholar
Openness, digital technology and changing practices

Eileen Scanlon   Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK

This presentation discussed the current landscape on scientific publication, and the route from ‘analogue’ to digital scholarship (Borgman, 2007; Holliman et al., 2009; Weller, 2011). The Digital Scholarship project was used to reflect on potential changes to academic practice.
Traditional routes to publication are well known. Primary literature is about establishing priority, including printed text (Montgomery, 2009), and the peer review process (Wager,2009) and tends to be searched by indexes (Gartner, 2009). ‘Alternative’ routes to publication have emerged including pre-print servers (e.g. arXiv), open access journals, open review (e.g. JiME), open repositories (e.g. ORO), popular science books, or ‘festschriften’. Other sets of communication opportunities include press conferences, and news and current affairs media, with further possible forms of publication including ‘secondary’ and ‘grey’ literature,email and online forums, social media and networking, podcasts, audio downloads and web video. Figures in this landscape of publication include academic journals, scientific institutions, ‘big science’ projects, higher education institutions, industry, news media, magazines,NGOs and scientific citizens.

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