A Experiment in Hybrid Open-Access Online Scholarly Publishing: Regenerations


  • Susan Brown University of Guelph.ca http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0267-7344
  • Linda Cameron
  • Mihaela Ilovan Mihaela Ilovan is the Project Manager of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory and a student in the combined MA in Humanities Computing and School of library and Information Science at the University of Alberta.
  • Olga Ivanova University of Alberta
  • Ruth Knechtel Ruth Knechtel is the Manager, Institutional Research, in the Office of Research at the University of Waterloo, and formerly Project Manager of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.
  • Andrew MacDonald Andrew MacDonald
  • Brent Nelson University of Saskatchewan
  • Stan Ruecker Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design, Chicago
  • Stéfan Sinclair McGill University
  • INKE Research Group




Interface, E-reading, Indexing, Text markup, E-publishing


Background: The history of reading, writing, and the dissemination of technology is one of epochal change, and each transition – indeed the history of the book – is marked by hybridity. In the mature years of print, publishers, librarians, and scholars had clearly defined and segregated roles. In the digital realm, the boundaries have broken down. Just now we have hybridity of form and of roles in the implementation of new reading environments.

Analysis: This article provides: 1) an overview of e-reading environments; 2) a survey of the Dynamic Table of Contexts interface; and 3) a report on the hybrid production process of a particular online text, Regenerations.

Conclusion and implications: Regenerations could only have emerged from a collaboration among a digital infrastructure project, research project, university press, and digital humanities tool suite.

Author Biographies

Susan Brown, University of Guelph.ca

Susan Brown is Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship and Professor of English at the University of Guelph, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. She directs the Orlando Project and the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, an online research environment for literary studies in Canada

Linda Cameron

Linda Cameron (MSc) is a publisher and author. She is well-known as an advocate for publishing and in 2015 received the Association of Canadian Publishers President’s Award “In recognition of ongoing exemplary work on behalf of Canadian publishers, and superlative service to Canadian book publishing industry organizations.”

Olga Ivanova, University of Alberta

Olga Ivanova is a PhD candidate in Translation Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research interests centre around film dubbing, second language acquisition, humanities computing, and writing.

Andrew MacDonald Andrew MacDonald

Andrew MacDonald is a web developer with a focus on creating digital humanities applications and visualizations. He is one of the principal developers of Voyant Tools.

Brent Nelson, University of Saskatchewan

Brent Nelson is Professor English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he works at the intersection of digital humanities and early modern literature and culture.

Stan Ruecker, Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design, Chicago

Stan Ruecker is an Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design in Chicago. He works in humanities visualization, the future of reading, and information design, focusing on the design of experimental prototypes, both virtual and physical, to support the interpretive process and the encouragement of multiple perspectives.

Stéfan Sinclair, McGill University

Stéfan Sinclair is at McGill University where he teaches and researches Digital Humanities, especially the design, development, theorization and use of text analysis and visualization tools. He is co-creator of Voyant Tools and co-author with Geoffrey Rockwell of Hermeneutica: Computer-Asssisted Interpretation in the Humanities (MIT 2016).

INKE Research Group

INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) is a collaborative research group exploring electronic text, digital humanities, and scholarly communication. The international team involves over 42 researchers, 53 graduate research assistants, 4 staff, 19 postdoctoral fellows, and 30 partners.




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