Scholarly and Research Communication: Announcements https://src-online.ca/index.php/src <p><strong>Scholarly and Research Communication</strong>&nbsp;is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access online journal that publishes original contributions to the understanding of production, dissemination, and usage of knowledge. It emphasizes the dynamics of representation and changing organizational elements, including technologically mediated workflows, ownership, and legal structures. It accepts a variety of scholarly contributions: articles; technical reports; field notes; and commentary in various media formats.</p> en-US Call for Papers: Apologies and a second try: Call for Papers: Evolving Ecosystem Dynamics in Journal Publishing https://src-online.ca/index.php/src/announcement/view/43 <p>CALL FOR PAPERS<em><br></em></p> <p>Evolving Ecosystem dynamics in Journal Publishing:</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Canadian SSH Journal Publishing and Global Change</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em> welcomes proposals for scholarly contributions focused on evolving journal-publishing dynamics. Our planned special issue is intended to highlight both achievements and challenges of social science and humanities journal publishing in Canada; however, <strong>proposals that bring forward developments worldwide and across all disciplines are also welcome</strong>. Contributions are invited from innovators, researchers, and those involved in journal publishing. SRC publishes a wide range of formats that together provide widespread opportunities for the presentation of knowledge (articles, technical reports, field notes, interactive engagement, and commentary).</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Context</strong></p> <p>Like journals worldwide, Canadian social science and humanities journals are facing a tsunami of change composed of a variety of elements and affecting various aspects of their operations. They include:</p> <ul> <li class="show">The staffing for their academic editorial work;</li> <li class="show">Structures, funding, and operations for the maintenance of rigorous peer review;</li> <li class="show">Funding and in-kind support for production from Canada’s universities, research institutes, and departments;</li> <li class="show">Earnings from consumption (reading);</li> <li class="show">The emergence and implications of author-pay models and their differential impact across disciplines;</li> <li class="show">The diversion of journal support funds to nascent distribution platforms;</li> <li class="show">Reduced funding for proven, cost-efficient and effective business models that help to sustain strong foundational Canadian journals;</li> <li class="show">The widespread expectation that content should be freely accessible without consideration of production, development, and professional education costs for workers;</li> <li class="show">Innovation, development, value enhancement, and expansion by the commercial journal-publishing sector;</li> <li class="show">The realignment of control of the production and dissemination of knowledge including the growing role by funding agencies, sponsors and academic institutions and the shrinking role of academics.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Amidst such change, like other journals round the world, Canada’s scholarly journals have successfully transitioned from print to online publishing and increased their effectiveness, in some cases moving from less than 1,000 print subscribers, mainly in three to six countries, to more than half-a-million annual article views worldwide. As well, they have increased their digital literacy via such means as search-engine optimization and the embrace of expanded digital opportunities. The proposed special issue is intended to document developments and to identify opportunities, perhaps in evidence internationally, for further developments in research communication.</p> <p>Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 11, 2019.</p> <p>Deadline for paper submission: August 31, 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Enquiries are welcome. Please contact Rowland Lorimer, <a href="mailto:lorimer@sfu.ca">lorimer@sfu.ca</a></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-11-29 Call for Papers: Evolving Ecosystem Dynamics in Journal Publishing: Canadian SSH Journal Publishing and Global Change https://src-online.ca/index.php/src/announcement/view/41 <p>CALL FOR PAPERS: S<em>cholarly and Research Communication</em></p> <p>Evolving Ecosystem Dynamics in Journal Publishing:&nbsp; Canadian SSH Journal Publishing and Global Change</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em> welcomes proposals for scholarly contributions focused on evolving journal-publishing dynamics. Our planned special issue is intended to highlight both achievements and challenges of social science and humanities journal publishing in Canada; however, <strong>proposals that bring forward developments worldwide and across all disciplines are also welcome</strong>. Contributions are invited from innovators, researchers, and those involved in journal publishing. SRC publishes a wide range of formats that together provide widespread opportunities for the presentation of knowledge (articles, technical reports, field notes, interactive engagement, and commentary).</p> <p><strong>Context</strong></p> <p>Like journals worldwide, Canadian social science and humanities journals are facing a tsunami of change composed of a variety of elements and affecting various aspects of their operations. They include:</p> <ul> <li class="show">The staffing for their academic editorial work;</li> <li class="show">Structures, funding, and operations for the maintenance of rigorous peer review;</li> <li class="show">Funding and in-kind support for production from Canada’s universities, research institutes, and departments;</li> <li class="show">Earnings from consumption (reading);</li> <li class="show">The emergence and implications of author-pay models and their differential impact across disciplines;</li> <li class="show">The diversion of journal support funds to nascent distribution platforms;</li> <li class="show">Reduced funding for proven, cost-efficient and effective business models that help to sustain strong foundational Canadian journals;</li> <li class="show">The widespread expectation that content should be freely accessible without consideration of production, development, and professional education costs for workers;</li> <li class="show">Innovation, development, value enhancement, and expansion by the commercial journal-publishing sector;</li> <li class="show">The realignment of control of the production and dissemination of knowledge including the growing role by funding agencies, sponsors and academic institutions and the shrinking role of academics.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Amidst such change, like other journals round the world, Canada’s scholarly journals have successfully transitioned from print to online publishing and increased their effectiveness, in some cases moving from less than 1,000 print subscribers, mainly in three to six countries, to more than half-a-million annual article views worldwide. As well, they have increased their digital literacy via such means as search-engine optimization and the embrace of expanded digital opportunities. The proposed special issue is intended to document developments and to identify opportunities, perhaps in evidence internationally, for further developments in research communication.</p> <p>Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 11, 2019.</p> <p>Deadline for paper submission: August 31, 2019.</p> <p>Enquiries are welcome. Please contact Rowland Lorimer, <a href="mailto:lorimer@sfu.ca">lorimer@sfu.ca</a></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-11-28 New Secure Site for SRC https://src-online.ca/index.php/src/announcement/view/39 Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-08-09 Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Award Announcement https://src-online.ca/index.php/src/announcement/view/37 <p>The purpose of the SRC Scholarly and Research Communication awards is not only to provide recognition to outstanding work but also to highlight the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of prevailing attention to open access, it is important to ensure that the means remain in place for journals to continue their good work in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology making possible. The SRC Innovation Awards are also intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact. We look forward to next year’s submissions.</p> <p>The winner of the inaugural <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em> Innovation Award is Canadian Science Publishing’s <em>FACETS</em> Journal, Canada’s first multidisciplinary, open access science journal. In making their decision on the award, the judges took particular note of <em>FACETS</em> launch success – since its 2016 launch it has already published over 100 articles and is closing in on 100,000 page views. Its emphasis on both multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity with its Integrative Sciences section has provided Canadian (and other) scientists with a forum to speak across disciplines. Added to this, its plain language summaries and continuing use of Twitter have already strengthened the community of researchers and citizens with an interest in science. <em>FACETS</em> also received commendation for its maintenance of the high quality of vetting for which Canadian Science Publishing is already known. Complementary to these praiseworthy characteristics is the use of mobile friendly design, Altmetric journal scoring, and an inaugural application of an XML foundation provided by Atypon. In terms of recognition, in a first of its kind, the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science has endorsed <em>FACETS</em> as its official journal.</p> <p>The winner of the <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em> Innovation Award for Social Science and Humanities Journals is the <em>Toronto Journal of Theology</em> for its video introductory presentations of both journal issues and individual articles. In one recent instance, not only are site users introduced to the topic and the author but also the author’s acapella rendition of the song that is the focus of the author’s textual exploration. The video abstracts help situate the scholarship for readers, allowing them to see and hear elements that are not necessarily communicated through print alone. Clearly, there is a welcome humanizing element in such introductions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It should be noted that the resources required to launch and carry forward <em>FACETS</em> dwarf the needed investment to add well-produced introductory videos. The judges felt that it was appropriate to recognize the vast diversity that exists in Canada’s journal community.&nbsp;</p> <p>A number of other submissions were made. Each had its own strengths. In particular, two impressed the jury. In one, the submitting journal emphasized its efforts to reflect the co-engagements of researchers with research populations to take on real world problems. At the same time, the journal staff noted a real excitement in the journal world surrounding emerging possibilities focused on multi-sensory research and documentation. The other notable entry outlined its efforts to increase reader and author engagement through topic modelling, a technique for describing a large corpus of documents by means of weighted measurements of a finite number of topics. In this instance the development of such a tool was in its early stages and this awards program would welcome a subsequent submission as the tool is finalized, tested and applied.</p> <p>Our thanks go out to all journals who submitted nominations for the awards.</p> <p>The judges for the 2018 awards were:</p> <p>Philippa Benson, Managing Editor, <em>Science Advances</em>, an open access journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science</p> <p>Adrian Stanley, Vice President, Global Business Development, Journals, Digital Science</p> <p>Eugenia Zuroski, Editor, <em>Eighteenth-Century Fiction</em>.</p> <p>Chair: Rowland Lorimer. Publisher and Editor, <em>Scholarly and Research Communication</em></p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-07-06 SRC Volume 9.1: Special Issue on Canada's History Journals and Eighteenth Century Fiction https://src-online.ca/index.php/src/announcement/view/36 <p>The inspiration for this volume came from an awareness that, while the primary role of journals is to create a record of knowledge and thereby to put current researchers in<br>touch with their colleagues, past and present, the nature and orientations of journals themselves has, for the most part, gone unrecorded. By bringing these articles forward,<br>the aim is at two goals: 1) to begin to create a public record of Canada’s scholarly&nbsp;journals, and 2) to create a resource, which researchers might use in placing their research.</p> Scholarly and Research Communication 2018-03-20