Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

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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 …

Blending humanities and data science

Any report with 25 authors must be taken seriously. Or perhaps promises to be fairly dull, since 25 people are unlikely to agree on much that is really innovative. So it wasn’t with huge expectations that I started reading this paper, The challenges and prospects

Do literary scholars understand AI? Using AI tools to establish authorship

Hamlet, Second Quarto edition

A long-running exchange of letters in the TLS (most recently May 22 2020) makes it clear that literary scholars have become aware of the use of AI tools to indicate authorship. This technique, always controversial, is not new. It is …

Are e-books a failure?

The Amazon Kindle e-book reader (CC BY-SA 3.0)

It wasn’t just me saying it – no less a figure than Arnaud Nourry, head of Hachette, said it in a 2018 interview: “The e-book is a stupid product. It is exactly the same as print, …

Is there such a thing as Digital Humanities? 

At this year’s ALPSP annual conference (Windsor, October 2018), there was an entertaining session called “What’s New in Digital Humanities”. Of the three speakers, one was by Peter Berkery, the Director of the Association of University Presses, one by an academic, Paul Spence – a …

Perhaps academic publishing needs two cultures


Academic publishing is all about science, and specifically life science. This was clear from a presentation at Academic Publishing in Europe, in Berlin, last week. Caroline Edwards, a literature lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, argued for a specific humanities publishing approach, and …

The difference between science and humanities research

David Crotty posted a fascinating article on Scholarly Kitchen  last week, highlighting a fundamental difference between scientific and humanities academic publishing.  His argument related to open-access publishing, but this simply highlights the distinction between the two kinds of activity. Is that distinction justified?

The difference …

Europeana creates a business strategy


Europeana, the EU-funded digital “library” (although it is more a discovery service than a library), has released its business plan for the next five years. The document is excellently designed and produced, but contains little in the way of a business plan. The section …

Should a library be a publisher?


Okerson & Holzman 2015


A report by Ann Okerson and Alex Holzman (July 2015) published by CLIR was awarded the 2016 Library Publishing Coalition award for outstanding scholarship. The report looks at libraries as publishers – not just of catalogues, but of original scholarly works. One 2015 …

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