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The Gutenberg-e project: opportunities and challenges in publishing born-digital monographs

Author: Wittenberg, Kate

Source: Learned Publishing, Volume 22, Number 1, January 2009 , pp. 36-41(6)

Publisher: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

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Abstract:

The Gutenberg-e project was created as an experiment to explore whether peer-reviewed, born-digital monographs would alter the way in which historical scholarship is presented, whether scholars would receive the same professional credit for these publications as for work published in print, and whether the project would enable publication of monographs that would otherwise be turned down by university presses for financial reasons. The project reached the following conclusions: authors and publishing staff collaborated in creating new models of scholarship and writing; over the course of the project, attitudes toward digital publications evolved toward acceptance of this new form of publication; the time and costs involved in creating these models exceeded expectations; continued experimentation is necessary in order to keep up with authors' growing expectations in publishing digital scholarship.

Document Type: Case Report

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/095315108X378767

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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