Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

20 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2012 Last revised: 20 Aug 2014

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Nicholas Warren Jankowski

Independent

Andrea Scharnhorst

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Clifford Tatum

Leiden University - Centre for Science and Technology Studies; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - eHumanities Group - KNAW

Zuotian Tatum

Leiden University Medical Center

Date Written: January 10, 2012

Abstract

Enhancing publications has a long history but is gaining acceleration as authors and publishers explore electronic tablets as devices for dissemination and presentation. Enhancement of scholarly publications, in contrast, more often takes place in a Web environment and is coupled with presentation of supplementary materials related to research. The approach to enhancing scholarly publications presented in this article goes a step further and involves the interlinking of the 'objects' of a document: datasets, supplementary materials, secondary analyses, and post-publication interventions. This approach connects the user-centricity of Web 2.0 with the Semantic Web. It aims at facilitating long-term content structure through standardized formats intended to improve interoperability between concepts and terms within and across knowledge domains. We explored this conception of enhancement on a small set of books prepared for traditional academic publishers. While the project was primarily an exercise in development, the conclusion section of the article reflects on areas where conceptual and empirical studies could be initiated to complement this new direction in scholarly publishing.

Keywords: scholarly communication, publishing, enhanced publication, semantic web, WordPress

Suggested Citation

Jankowski, Nicholas Warren and Scharnhorst, Andrea and Tatum, Clifford and Tatum, Zuotian, Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences (January 10, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1982380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1982380

Andrea Scharnhorst

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Clifford Tatum

Leiden University - Centre for Science and Technology Studies ( email )

Leiden
Netherlands

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - eHumanities Group - KNAW

Amsterdam
Netherlands

Zuotian Tatum

Leiden University Medical Center ( email )

Leiden
Netherlands

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