Tomorrow, April 13, Karin Wulf and a panel of experts in scholarly publishing will conduct a symposium at Columbia University to discuss major issues facing academic authors today. The event is open to the public and described below. You can also follow along (and/or join in) on Twitter by following #4ContentProviders. In the meantime, you may also want to read Karin’s Monday blog post on Scholarly Kitchen. It’s a good primer for many of the issues (and misconceptions) that the group will discuss tomorrow. The stakes are high. We hope you join in!
A symposium for early career humanities scholars
Major movements and issues in scholarly communications are controversial: Open Access, discoverability and privacy, metrics and alt-metrics, sustainability, the role of for profit publishers and aggregators, funder policies. One thing many in the
scholarly communications business can agree on, however, is that for the most part scholars are disconnected from these important developments that are nonetheless shaping how they do their research and how it is disseminated. The stakes are high for researchers across disciplines, though many of these issues emanate from needs or perceived needs in STEM.
This symposium is designed to raise some of these issues and discuss their particular importance for graduate students and early career academics in the humanities. It brings together scholarly communications professionals, including librarians, publishers, and experts in data analytics, for a conversation aimed at exploring whether the values and needs of humanities scholars are reflected in these emerging changes. What are the urgent issues for humanities scholars? How can and should authors expect to produce and share their scholarship? How should they expect their work to be evaluated by their peers and for promotion and tenure?
The stakes are high
RSVP to Melissa Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10
Presented by the Columbia University Seminars on American Studies and Early American History and Culture