Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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The Researcher to Reader Conference 2024

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How one university got three different results to the question “how many OA articles did we publish in 2022?” Graphic by Ben Rawlins of University of Kentucky. The “sources” are three different aggregation services, Dimensions, Web of Science, and Taylor and

The Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing

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This lengthy report (some 20,000 words) is quite a challenge to review. It was created out of interviews with some 49 major figures in the scholarly landscape, all of them from the anglophone Western scholarly region, a mixture of commercial publishers, …

Ten dates

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The Praca do Comercio, Lisbon

I am on holiday in Portugal, and, like many tourists, I have an idle curiosity about the city of Lisbon and about the history of the country. Where better to begin than looking at a general …

More about the Failure of the Book

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The Biblia Pauperum, the “Bible of the Poor”, printed in the lower Rhine region or Low countries, c1460. An example of whole-page illustration, where the image, a woodcut, replaces the text entirely. Within a few years, integrated text and illustrations

Reading on screen is addling our brains

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Academic studies of reading appear to be influenced by romantic ideas about how we read print (Corot, Woman reading in the country, around 1868-70, Metropolitan Museum)

Where did this idea come from, and is it valid? It seems to me an …

Do standard article formats limit creativity?

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Notes and Queries, a journal first published 1849: fascinating, but decidedly quirky. It is still published today, but looks very different

Once upon a time, academic journals were a cornucopia of formats and styles. They were fascinating, as the above …

What’s wrong with Twitter?

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Social media in use on a train (Photo by Hugh Han on Unsplash)

An interesting, if far-fetched, post by Steve Fuller on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences site. Fuller’s post, “Aphorism and twitter”, makes a case for the beneficial …

The Scholarly Workflow in the Digital Age

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I expected great things from this book, published in the Charleston Briefings series. Digital scholarship has been around for enough time to assess how things have changed since the era of print; Google Scholar has existed since 2004, which means over …

Charleston Briefings: a new short book format

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The Web is full of ideas for self-improvement: how to be more efficient, more productive, more successful. One tip for reading more effectively is to read only short books (I’m not joking – there is a website that tells you which …

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