Special Issue "Digital Scholarly Publishing"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Manuel Borges

University of Coimbra, Largo da Porta Férrea, 3004-530 Coimbra, Portugal
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Interests: Open Science, Research Assessment, Digital Publishing, Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Digital Preservation, Copyright

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of digital technology in communication, including Scholarly Communication, is forming a new landscape where new tools and new publishing venues are being explored. Innovations in scholarly publications opened up new kinds of books (e.g., e-books apps), journals (e.g., open access) and formats (e.g., multimedia), gave rise to a range of indicators that enable additional ways of measuring the impact of what is produced (e.g., Altmetrics) and deeper levels of analysis (e.g., Article Level Metrics), among other transfigurations of well-known practices. Digital Libraries, digital archives and repositories of all kinds are just an expression of this dynamic reality, allowing, by the exposition of their content, the application of digital tools to its reinterpretation in wider contexts.

To sum up, the digital world is transforming the way we access, produce, analyze and disseminate knowledge. This Special Issue invites authors to submit articles on digital scholarly publishing that explore these changes and the implications that may have in all the stakeholders involved on contemporary practices of doing science. Topics may include, but are not be limited to one or several of the listed keywords below.

Dr. Maria Manuel Borges
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Digital publishing, including formats, software and platforms, and Editorial Design
  • Digital reading
  • Digital Humanities
  • Open science: open access, open data, open research, open educational resources, citizen science
  • Linked Open Data
  • Research assessment: Bibliometrics and other metrics like Altmetrics
  • Peer review: new models and experiments
  • Digital Preservation

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle A Bridge between Society and Universities: A Documentary Analysis of Science Shops
Publications 2018, 6(3), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6030036
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 30 July 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
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Citizen science surfaced as a new way of conducting research and science shops are one of the initiatives in which citizen collaboration with scientists has been most visible. These organisations provide independent and participatory support for research in response to civil society’s problems/needs.
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Citizen science surfaced as a new way of conducting research and science shops are one of the initiatives in which citizen collaboration with scientists has been most visible. These organisations provide independent and participatory support for research in response to civil society’s problems/needs. Although science shops have pioneered the furthering of citizen participation, the general public is still scantly aware of their existence. This study aimed to explore that matter, identifying and analysing the literature on science shops with bibliometric techniques. Different sources of information have been consulted; namely, Web of Science and SCOPUS database; Google Scholar; CORDIS European Projects Database; and My News. The information collected from 158 documents was analysed and their main characteristics identified. A map of science shops was constructed to show existing initiatives and those mentioned in the texts. We also offer a chronology of the main milestones on the subject mentioned in the texts. The results show the importance that countries like those in Europe, especially The Netherlands, attach to these activities and it is evident that the content can be very varied, although the environmental issues are highlighted. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Use of Twitter in Spanish Communication Journals
Publications 2018, 6(3), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6030034
Received: 9 June 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 17 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
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This is an exploratory study on the Twitter profiles managed by 30 Spanish Communication journals. The aim is to analyse the profile management, to identify the features of the most interactive content, and to propose effective practices motivating strategic management. The management variables
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This is an exploratory study on the Twitter profiles managed by 30 Spanish Communication journals. The aim is to analyse the profile management, to identify the features of the most interactive content, and to propose effective practices motivating strategic management. The management variables considered were the following: the launch date of the journal and launch of the Twitter profile; published content and frequency of publication; number of publications in 2016; number of Twitter followers. The identification of the features of the most interactive tweets was performed in a 150-unit sample, taking into consideration the following factors: the number of retweets, likes, type of content (motivation), components forming the content, the date and time of publication, and origin of the publication (internal or unrelated). The results reveal notable practices and certain deficiencies in the strategic management of social profiles. Twitter represents an innovative opportunity in scientific dissemination, and it establishes an inalienable strategy for creating and maintaining the brand-journal while retaining the need to strengthen followers’ reciprocity. Other potential uses are suggested. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Utilisation of Library Information Resources among Generation Z Students: Facts and Fiction
Publications 2018, 6(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6020016
Received: 19 March 2018 / Revised: 8 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 17 April 2018
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Generation Z was the foremost generation to have prevalent access to the Internet from an early age. Technology has strongly influenced this generation in terms of communication, education and consequently their academic information behaviour. With the next generation of scholars already being trained,
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Generation Z was the foremost generation to have prevalent access to the Internet from an early age. Technology has strongly influenced this generation in terms of communication, education and consequently their academic information behaviour. With the next generation of scholars already being trained, in a decade, most of the researchers will be mainly digital natives. This study sought to establish the library information resources use pattern in relation to users’ preferred information media in order to render better academic information services to library users. A total of 390 respondents were surveyed at the Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare using quantitative and qualitative methods. Most of the respondents, 82.3%, were aged between 18 and 23 years; while the average library use time was two hours daily. The most utilised library resource is the Wi-Fi with e-books and e-journals found to be lowly utilised. Records from the E-librarians revealed that undergraduate students account for no more than 6% of total users of electronic databases with 62.3% of the respondents preferring print information resources. Better understanding of library users’ demographics and information media preference is essential in proving the right kind of information services to Generation Z library users. Full article
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