Symposium: The Future of the Scholarly Book

Event date: 31  July 2018
Event location: Sir Roland Wilson Building Room 1.02, 120 McCoy Circuit, Australian National University, Canberra
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This event, sponsored by Springer Nature and organised by ANU Library, will discuss the challenges, issues and trends in the modern scholarly monograph – particularly in social sciences and humanities. The event will explore a number of issues surrounding the impact of digital publishing and social media on the scholarly monograph: What do PhD graduates expect for their career – is it the traditional book as their first research product? Are scholars using blog posts and new forms of communication to replace the tradition book? Is there a crisis in peer review? Is the metrics tide sweeping over the higher education sector relevant or distracting debate of scholarly communication?

Key speakers include:

  • Prof J. Stephen Downie, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences, and the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center;
  • Dr Niels Peter Thomas, Chief Book Strategist at Springer Nature
  • Professor Frank Bongiorno, ANU
  • Dr Jan Zwar, Macquarie University who will report on the findings and issues identified through the ARC funded project on the Australian Book Industry.