"Publishing & Peer Review in a Post-Digital Future". NFAIS Humanities Roundtable: Evaluation of Digital Scholarship. National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). March 10, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Keynote/Named Lecture

In this talk, Sylvia will make a blue-skies proposal to redefine publishing to include all forms of work that scholars are creating today. In so doing, she will take up the following questions: What are publishing principles, and what problems might we solve by applying them to the panoply of forms that research and the outcomes of research can take? Is the term "digital humanities" boxing us in and preventing us from moving scholarly communications forward? Why is the form of the book so persistent, and how might we connect it more meaningfully to other forms of scholarship? What might a post-digital era look like, in which we value and harness the endless interplay of analog and digital? Stepping back from the blue-skies vision, what are the structural barriers and possible first steps needed to overcome them? What can we learn from recent changes in peer review guidelines and from faculty who have successfully pushed their departments to consider digital work for promotion and tenure? What are the potential risks and benefits for university presses and academic libraries in collaborating on new forms of publication? Will there eventually be lock-in of new forms and genres of publishing, and would that be good or bad for scholarship?

Service Performed By


  • March 10, 2019

Service or Event Name

  • NFAIS Humanities Roundtable: Evaluation of Digital Scholarship

Host Organization

  • National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)

Location or Venue

  • APA headquarters, Washington, DC