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Transformations in scholarly publishing 
Felicitas Hesselmann (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies)
Willem Halffman (Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Serge P.J.M. Horbach (Radboud University)
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Short Abstract:

Scholarly publishing is going through profound transformations of automation, interdisciplinarity and open science. This affects publishing infrastructures and organizations, and mobilizes new technologies as well as imaginaries for scientific publishing. What are its implications and expectations?

Long Abstract:

Scholarly publishing is currently undergoing profound transformations. We witness developments such as an increased use of automation and artificial intelligence in peer review and publishing, a rise in interdisciplinary research cooperation that shifts the traditional disciplinary landscape of publishing, and the open science movement that also deeply affects publishing and reviewing practices, to name just a few. As such, these transformations involve large-scale changes in publishing infrastructures, technologies, organizational structures as well as flows of capital. They also come with specific normative loads and collective imaginaries about what scholarly publishing should look like and what or whose purposes it should serve. Individually as well as jointly, these developments affect core building blocks of scholarly publishing, such as how journals and publishers are organized, what it means to be a peer, and even what it means to “publish” something.

Against this background, contributions may address, but are not limited to, any of the following questions:

- What are the most important transformative developments currently affecting scholarly publishing, what triggers these developments and where can their effects be seen or expected most clearly?

- How are various actors, organizations, communities, and movements involved in these transformations and who benefits from them?

- Which infrastructures and material resources do these transformations build on? And which ideas, norms, and collective imaginaries do they mobilize?

- What do these transformations mean for traditional structures and concepts in publishing and research, such as the roles of editors and peer reviewers, the question of what artifacts (texts, data, software, etc.) are considered publishable, the embeddedness of journals in disciplinary communities, or the concept of authorship?

- Which struggles, resistances and countervailing tendencies are these transformations met with?

- What are the implications for a sustainable, reliable and fair publishing system?

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