Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Science Research Network
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 with a focus on interoperability within and across publication platforms, and is coupled with presentation of supplementary materials related to research. The approach to enhancing scholarly publications presented in this report goes
... a step further and involves the interlinking of the "objects" of a document: bibliographic information on authors, datasets, supplementary materials, secondary analyses, and post-publication interventions. This approach has been explored in a project and this is a technical report about that project. Specific to that project is the combination of the user-centricity of Web 2.0 with the Semantic Web. The goal is to facilitate long-term content structure through standardized formats, thereby improving interoperability between concepts and terms within and across knowledge domains. In our project, we explored this specific concept of enhancement on a small set of books prepared for traditional academic publishers. Concentrating in this report on aspects of the technical development, we introduce an ongoing conceptual discussion and reflection on the position of this project in relation to new directions in scholarly publishing.