Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Nicholas Jankowski KNAW e-Humanaities Group, Netherlands
  • Andrea Scharnhorst Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands
  • Clifford Tatum Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Zuotian Tatum Leiden University, Netherlands




Scholarly Communication, Publishing, Enhanced Publication, Semantic Web, WordPress


Enhancing publications has a long history but is gaining acceleration as authors and publishers explore electronic tablets as devices for dissemination and presentation. Enhancement of scholarly publications, in contrast, more often takes place in a Web environment and is coupled with presentation of supplementary materials related to research. The approach to enhancing scholarly publications presented in this article goes a step further and involves the interlinking of the “objects” of a document: datasets, supplementary materials, secondary analyses, and post-publication interventions. This approach connects the user-centricity of Web 2.0 with the Semantic Web. It aims at facilitating long-term content structure through standardized formats intended to improve interoperability between concepts and terms within and across knowledge domains. We explored this conception of enhancement on a small set of books prepared for traditional academic publishers. While the project was primarily an exercise in development, the conclusion section of the article reflects on areas where conceptual and empirical studies could be initiated to complement this new direction in scholarly publishing. 

Author Biographies

Nicholas Jankowski, KNAW e-Humanaities Group, Netherlands

Nicholas W. Jankowski is Associate Researcher at the e-Humanities Group, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ljubljana. Web: http://ehumanities.nl/author/nick-jankowski/; Email: nickjan@xs4all.nl.


Andrea Scharnhorst, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands

Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of e-Research at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and member of the e-Humanities Group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Web: http://knaw.academia.edu/AndreaScharnhorst/About Email: andrea.scharnhorst@dans.knaw.nl.

Clifford Tatum, Leiden University, Netherlands

Clifford Tatum is PhD candidate at  Leiden University, project manager of Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN), and Associate Researcher at the KNAW e-Humanities Group. Web: tatum.cc. 

Zuotian Tatum, Leiden University, Netherlands

Zuotian Tatum is Scientific Programmer for the Human Genetics Group at Leiden University Medical Center. She is also a freelance software developer, working with WordPress for academic scholarship on the Web.






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