Peer review innovations in Humanities: how can scholars in A&H profit of the "wisdom of the crowds"?

Cassella, Maria Peer review innovations in Humanities: how can scholars in A&H profit of the "wisdom of the crowds"?, 2010 . In BOBCATSSS, Parma (Italy), 25-27 January 2010. (In Press) [Conference paper]


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English abstract

Though supported by a large number of scholars in Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) disciplines traditional peer review does not live up to the needs of an efficient scholarly communication system and of quality research control. Therefore journals in STM are experimenting different forms of refereeing in combination with more traditional peer review system. Such is the case of PLoSONE, Biology Direct, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, and JIME. However in STM disciplines public peer review is not regarded an alternative to more traditional quality certification forms. It may be the case in the Arts & Humanities. In A&H publishing system peer review is by far a less common practice. Therefore the adoption of a social peer review process could be very useful to foster research in humanities. Scholars in A&H can profit of the interactive evaluation forms of the public peer-review to strengthen the scholarly debate, to foster active international and interdisciplinary discussions, to focus social attention on topics in Humanities, to broaden the borders of the cultural and intellectual discourse among non-scholars (public debate). This paper will provide some examples of how social peer review has been adopted by innovative communities of scholars in humanities to publish new experimental digital book models. In the digital environment the concepts of “document”, of “completeness of a document” and of “evaluation” is fast changing. In a close future in scholarly publishing it might become possible to overcome the rigid distinction between ex-ante and ex-post evaluation as the evaluation process might become an enduring part of the text itself

Italian abstract

Il social peer review come nuova opportunità di fondare un sistema di valutazione della qualità nelle scienze umane.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: peer review, social peer review, public peer review, Humanities, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, Web 2.0
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IZ. None of these, but in this section.
I. Information treatment for information services
A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information.
Depositing user: maria cassella
Date deposited: 03 Feb 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:16


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