Born-digital projects by their nature present unique opportunities and challenges for scholars and scholarly presses, and can test the contours of traditional peer review processes. As digital humanist Roopika Risam writes, “for scholars working in digital formats or within digital humanities, conventions governing the gatekeeping of ‘scholarly’ work feel increasingly mismatched to the digital milieu. Therefore, digital scholarship requires consideration of the factors distinguishing it from print scholarship, along with a new approach to validating scholarship that emerges from and respects the specificities of digital work.” In this hangout we’ll hear from editors who acquire and help to shape digital scholarship, specifically how they manage the assessment of content as well as medium, platform, and usability. We’ll also touch on our responsibility as publishers to credential and help make digital scholarship visible for tenure and promotion purposes.
Panelists: Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor, Digital Publications Initiative, Center For Digital Scholarship,Brown University Library; Nadine Zimmerli, Editor, History and Politics, University of Virginia Press; Sara Jo Cohen, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Michigan Press; Siobhan McMenemy, Senior Editor, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Moderator: Suzanne E. Guiod, director, Bucknell University Press