2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting
Seminar 4: Innovation in Scholarly Book Publishing…
The move to digital has been much slower for books; open access has yet to really take off; books are more likely to be ignored in the academic assessment process; and the research infrastructure has been developed largely in response to the needs of journal publishing. And yet book publishing is a vital element of scholarly communications.This seminar will provide an update on recent innovations in scholarly book publishing, and a look ahead to future developments through a combination of lightning talks, presentations, and small group activities. Speakers will provide an overview of the books infrastructure and some new author tools and services; discuss OA as a business model for books; review some key post-publication challenges such as including boos in the researcher evaluation process; identify opportunities to improve recognition for peer review of books; and examine some new approaches to increasing discoverability and usage. Participants will then work in small groups to consider the academic book of the future will it still exist, what might it look like, how will it be used? The seminar will end with a presentation by Alex Humphreys of JSTOR on Reimagining the Monograph.
Moderator: Alice Meadows, ORCID