Says Who? Authority Issues When Publishing Collaborative Digital Scholarship

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Monday, June 12, 3:30–4:45 PM
Chair: Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Trinity University Press
Panelists: Mark Edington, Director, Amherst College Press, and Publisher, Lever Press; SJ Klein, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, and Trustee, Wikimedia Foundation Board, 2009–2015; Laura Mandell, Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University; Zachary J. McDowell; Assistant Professor (incoming), Department of Communication, University of Illinois Chicago; Heather Staines, Director of Business Development, Hypothes.is

If authoritative publications are the most valuable asset of a university press, then the peer review process is its currency. Yet as research and scholarship become more collaborative and distributed in process, and more digital and multimedia in format, methods of peer review are challenged and markers of authority are called into question. Attributes of our (not so) new digital landscape of scholarly publishing do not map neatly onto the original practices, and chaos ensues. This panel seeks to discuss issues of authority and peer review in this new age of scholarly publishing, which is often defined by digital output, new models of authorship and attribution, and new modes of distribution. Perspectives from a range of stakeholders in digital publications will be presented in response to questions posed before the panel, with the objective of finding a path to successful publication and reception of collaborative digital scholarship. As publishers, we cannot afford to be sidelined—or sideline ourselves—in this conversation about what counts as authoritative scholarship and the future of scholarly publishing.

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