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Publication . Article . 2017

Unlocking the digital potential of scholarly monographs in 21st century research

Margo Bargheer; Zeki Mustafa Dogan; Wolfram Horstmann; Mike Mertens; Andrea Rapp;
Open Access
Published: 01 Sep 2017 Journal: Liber Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries, volume 27, issue 1
Country: Germany

In the light of new digital production and dissemination practices, the scholarly publishing system has seen significant and also disruptive changes, especially in STM (science, technology and medicine) and with regard to the predominant format “journal article.” The digital transformation also holds true for those disciplines that continue to rely on the scholarly monograph as a publication format and means for reputation building, namely the Humanities and the Social Sciences with a qualitative approach (HSS). In our paper we analyse the reasons why the monograph has not yet reached its full potential in the digital paradigm, especially in the uptake of Open Access and innovative publishing options. We highlight some of the principal underlying factors for this, and suggest how especially practices, now more widespread in HSS but arising from the Digital Humanities, could play a role in moving forward the rich digitality of the scholarly monograph. peerReviewed

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Digital transformation Principal (computer security) Digitality Publishing business.industry business Digital humanities Computer science Reputation media_common.quotation_subject media_common Library science


Digital Humanities, scholarly publishing, digitality, Open Access, Bibliography. Library science. Information resources, Z, Library and Information Sciences, Digital Humanities; scholarly publishing; monographs; digitality; Open Access, 020

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High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 731102
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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