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December 10, 2005

Scholarly publishing in the age of distributed content

Clancy has a very interesting post on CultureCat titled A Scattershot Stump Speech. She is talking about her upcoming MLA presentation for the "Digital Scholarly Publishing: Beyond the Crisis" panel. Her ruminations run along side some of the things I too have been thinking about. Including the issue of the place of distributed publication in the tenure and promotion process, obviously not today's process but the process that will be beginning to show itself when I am on the market.

Then I want to focus on some particular cases.

  1. Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs. This is an edited collection of essays that we published using weblog software.
  2. Computers and Writing Online 2005. For this online conference, we made the review process public (a "public feedback process") and have kept the content up at Kairosnews, with a Creative Commons license, so that others can copy and distribute the presentations -- e.g., for a course pack.
  3. Rhetoric and Composition: A Guide for the College Writer. Matt Barton of St. Cloud State University, along with students in his rhetoric courses, has done a lot of work building a free rhetoric and composition textbook using a wiki.
  4. Carnivals. Collections of posts on a given topic, like informal journals representing the scholarship that's being published on academic weblogs.
  5. Massive Multi-Thinker Online Reviews. Holbo's play on MMORPG, these are seminar-style events in which a group of bloggers reads the same book or article at the same time and blogs about it.
  6. CC-licensed online readers for courses. This is something I've been trying to plug for a long time, but it hasn't caught on just yet. There's all this Creative Commons licensed content online, and it would be so easy to reproduce essays on a given topic, group them into themes, write an introduction à la an edited collection, and assign it in a class. I'm working on one, which I'll unveil as soon as it's finished, but I'm too busy with my dissertation right now, so it has gone unattended lately.

The underlying question is will the for-profit model the model continue into the future? Of course none of these venues is actually free, someone has to pickup the tab for infrastructure and bandwidth, so undoubtedly some form of pay-as-you-go is going to take shape. Should, or when, that model comes into being than the side issue of access becomes more salient.

Currently library-types are discussing the potential for loss of access to electronic forms of publication. I may not do all of the nuances of the argument justice so dive in with comments that help clarify. Paper-based sources belong to the institution into perpetuity, i.e. once you got it you got it. However electronic versions only exist as long as the publisher choices to include them in your specific subscription package and as long as you pay for them. So in essence you may have paid for something in the past but will no longer have access to that issue into the future if you don't continue to pay the subscription. After listening to a friend of mine lay out this discussion I started archiving all of the literature I have read and entered Reference Manager. That way at least I have a copy of what I need when I need it.

So it is the merging of these models that gives me pause. How do we move to a distributed publication system, which seems inevitable, but yet have open access to a resource that costs money?

Posted by prolurkr at December 10, 2005 09:34 AM

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A growing number of peer-reviewed scholarly publications *are* distributed free online. For a quick intro, see my Open Access Overview. To track new developments see Open Access News (a blog).

Posted by: Peter Suber at December 11, 2005 10:57 AM