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Enabling A Conversation Across Scholarly Monographs through Open Annotation

Göttingen State and University Library, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
MIT Knowledge Futures Group, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
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Publications 2019, 7(2), 41;
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 22 May 2019 / Accepted: 28 May 2019 / Published: 8 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Frontiers for Openness in Scholarly Publishing)
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The digital format opens up new possibilities for interaction with monographic publications. In particular, annotation tools make it possible to broaden the discussion on the content of a book, to suggest new ideas, to report errors or inaccuracies, and to conduct open peer reviews. However, this requires the support of the users who might not yet be familiar with the annotation of digital documents. This paper will give concrete examples and recommendations for exploiting the potential of annotation in academic research and teaching. After presenting the annotation tool of Hypothesis, the article focuses on its use in the context of HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science Infrastructure), a project aimed to improve the Open Access digital monograph. The general line and the aims of a post-peer review experiment with the annotation tool, as well as its usage in didactic activities concerning monographic publications are presented and proposed as potential best practices for similar annotation activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: open annotation; monographs; open access; higher education; open peer review open annotation; monographs; open access; higher education; open peer review
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Bertino, A.C.; Staines, H. Enabling A Conversation Across Scholarly Monographs through Open Annotation. Publications 2019, 7, 41.

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