Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

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Is a manual index worth doing?

That question is not exactly what Dennis Duncan has answered in his new book (Index, a history of the: A Bookish Adventure, Penguin, 2021). His book is a fascinating overview of how indexing developed through history. Nonetheless, his book contains an implied answer on …

Is the future of academic publishing an octopus?

A 17th-century coffee house (Wikipedia, public domain). Although Wikipedia claims it is an English coffee house, the caption clearly states Paris.

I have a lovely mental image of the Enlightenment in full swing. Inside a coffee house in Edinburgh, or Paris, a group of like-minded …

Why concept maps may not be such a good idea

EBSCO Concept Map

I don’t have access to the EBSCO Discovery Service, but above is an example screenshot provided by EBSCO as an example. A concept map (or knowledge graph) is just a visual collection of links. Sometimes, as here, there is no differentiation between …

How to improve Peer Review

The US Supreme Court Building (photo by Joe Ravi, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The peer review system is a mess, but there is no single cause of the problem. A very interesting paper from Anna Rogers and Isabelle Augenstein reads at times like a cri-de-coeur – …

How Academics discover new content

Cover of the 2021 edition

Imagine you are a researcher, studying, say, bird migration. How do you find out about new papers on your topic? You have written a PhD on the subject, which enabled you to become familiar with all the recent research on …

What became of Information Scientists?

I started fondly reminiscing (as one does) as I listened to Martin White and Sandra Ward last week at this year’s UKeiG’s annual conference, talking about their collaboration on a history of the Institution for Information Science (IIS), until I thought: what happened to all …

Success and failure of e-books

A page from an e-book, Northern Renaissance Art (2008)

A new post by Todd Carpenter on Scholarly Kitchen pays tribute to the e-book, on its 50th anniversary. It is of course a tale of success – but also a tale of failure. According to Todd, …

In defence of book reviews





Figure 1 A typical firewalled review of an academic title

What is the point of book reviews – to be specific, books that potentially

have some kind of academic interest? David Beer, in an interesting LSE Impact blog post (which he actually entitles “In …

Where do review articles fit within the scholarly user journey?

The academic research journey must be one of the most studied aspects of higher education. One of the most impressive visually was the infographic by Boesman and Kramer, showing the academic research journey in six roughly equal stages – if only to indicate the proliferation …

What is digital reading?

A humble SD card that holds 512GB – enough digital reading for years to come

This week Scholarly Kitchen contains yet another post that emphasises what we lose when we read digitally, by an author, Karin Wulf, an academic historian, whose writing I usually find …

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