Journal of X and Z


The objective of this project is to investigate how the processes and practices of scholarly communication and academic publishing can be re-designed to be more transparent, more participatory and more experimental, this without getting rid of established quality mechanisms. The objective is also to construct a framework and a design process for how to develop an “alternative” academic journal.

Contact: Richard Topgaard, MEDEA

Keywords: open-access publishing, quality assurance mechanisms, media structure transformations, scholarly communication, academic publishing,

Update: this project has been postponed due to insufficient funding.

I believe that a project like this needs to be developed in public and my aim is to publish updates on the progress on the blog and, hopefully, engage in discussions with scholars, academics and publishers from all over the world who share our interest in re-inventing academic publishing and scholarly communication. We still don’t have a title for it, thus “Journal of X and Z”.

If you want to get involved or just stay up-to-date on the progress of this project, please sign up using this form.

Posts published on includes:
On Scholarly Communication: The Academy Needs To Be More Social (May 5, 2011)
Using social media to aggregate and curate academic articles with @scholareads (April 20, 2011)
Outline for the Preliminary Study (April 15, 2011)
A Project On Scholarly Communication And Academic Publishing (April 7, 2011)

You can also follow the progress of the preliminary study.

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