Journal of X and Z

RE-DESIGNING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION AND ACADEMIC PUBLISHING

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 wpmu.mah.se/medea-journal/ 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 wpmu.mah.se/medea-journal 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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