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Reinventing humanities scholarly journals in the digital era.
Project leader: Marcello Vitali-Rosati
Project coordinator: Nicolas Sauret
Project website: http://revue20.org/
Project founded by CRSH
This project aims to help researchers and practitioners of scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities work through the digital transition by harnessing the full potential of new technologies.
Indeed, if scholarly journals in the humanities have now (at least almost) completed the transition to digital technology (especially in terms of production and circulation), it is clear that they are still far from fully exploiting all the potential of the web. By collaborating with the principal actors of the scientific community (publishers, diffusers, aggregators), this development project aims to better respond to the emerging needs of researchers by rethinking the role of scholars in the digital age. Our goal is twofold. We aim to:
1) Produce an epistemological model for journals in the digital age.
Our research will look at the historical mission of scholarly journals, determine how we can respond to this (or these) objective(s), and assess how they have been or are being redefined in the digital age. The challenge relating to the notion of digital transition is not just a technical question: the generalization of free access, for example, is typically the sign of a reassessment of the role and mission of the publisher. By investing, little by little, in the web, the magazine changes the very meaning of the term “publication,” returning to its original meaning: public. How to integrate a journal, a file or even a single article into a digital ecosystem in constant evolution? What should be the editorial tasks today, no longer just considered prior to publication, but once the journal has been published online, in order to join the scholarly communities of the web?
2) Propose a new editorial model for scholarly journals in the humanities.
We will look at producing specifications for the various actors of scholarly publishing (publishers, broadcasters, aggregators). Our partners on this project—especially broadcasters and the Aggregator—have made significant efforts to ensure the integration, sustainability and visibility of journals on the web. This project will have to give them additional resources for the creation of tools and protocols better suited to the needs of researchers and publishers.
Our project is the first to unite a number of French-language digital broadcasters, including the two largest Érudit and OpenEdition, as well as the only aggregator of content in the human sciences, Huma-Num, with a group of scholarly journals ready to engage in experiments to improve their digital transition: French Studies, Intermedialities , Book Memories, Itineraries, Cybergéo, International Review of photolitterature.
This partnership is supported by a team of researchers who, with complementary skills, are at the cutting edge of scholarly digital publishing (including five Canada Research Chairs specializing in digital humanities).
The project will mobilize skills that are both practical (especially in digital publishing) and theoretical (general epistemologies of the digital humanities, but also notions on the production, validation and dissemination of content). It is essential that our thinking converges with the practices of the publishing industry. This rapprochement will help to anchor theoretical reflection within the complex reality of editorial activities.
For further information on the project, see the website revue20.org