Two related problems have been bedeviling the current discussion of new modes of academic work. First, it remains unclear to many academics how we can effectively assess digital scholarship, given its many shapes and sizes and often complex, collaborative production. This problem is receiving so much attention right now that we devoted our entire last … Continue reading The Other Academy Awards
My colleague Zach Schrag wrote a guest post on Mike O'Malley's blog two weeks ago with some significant criticisms of what we are trying to do with PressForward. He expressed a general worry that we were out to destroy a proven system of scholarly review, and a particular worry that we were casting off what … Continue reading What Will Happen to Developmental Editing?
[A draft of the introduction to my forthcoming book, The Ivory Tower and the Open Web, which looks at academic resistance to the modes and genres of the web, and how those modes and genres might actually reinvigorate the academy. I'll be posting drafts of chapters as well for open comment and criticism.] In the … Continue reading The Ivory Tower and the Open Web: Introduction: Burritos, Browsers, and Books [Draft]
Here's the video of my plenary talk "The Ivory Tower and the Open Web," given at the Coalition for Networked Information meeting in Washington in December, 2010. A general description of the talk: The web is now over twenty years old, and there is no doubt that the academy has taken advantage of its tremendous … Continue reading Video: The Ivory Tower and the Open Web
As I mentioned in my memorial post for my mentor Frank Turner, we were having a deep discussion of the future of peer review when he suddenly passed away. I wish we could have finished this discussion; as with so many other things, he brought tremendous insight to the topic. Much of the discussion was … Continue reading Frank Turner on the Future of Peer Review
Thanks to Josh Greenberg, I've been mulling over this fascinating paper I missed from last winter about the relative impact of science articles published in three different ways in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It speaks to the question of how important traditional peer review is, and how we might introduce … Continue reading Peer Review and the Most Influential Publications