Academic Publishing in the Digital Era

Is innovation in the form of digital platforms the answer to the problems facing academic publishing today?  Does this situation matter to non academics and why?  To quote the author of an article in the LA Review of Books, “To make sure humanities scholarship thrives, it is crucial that we cut through the fog of pixel dust–induced illusion to the practical realities of what digital technology offers to scholarship.”  Will everything be digitized and available freely on Google?  Is digital production actually cheap, permanent yet immaterial, and done with little human labor?

Johanna Drucker addresses these issues and others in her article, Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing.   If you publish your academic work or are a student planning on further education, reading this article will help you see the larger issues more clearly.  Recommended by the Head Librarian.

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