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Blaise Cronin: Keynote Speaker, CRECS 2013, Seville

2013-06-10
The conference was held was in the Mexican Pavilion, which was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. It is now part of the University of Seville.
The conference was held was in the Mexican Pavilion, which was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. It is now part of the University of Seville.

“Scholarly Publishing: New Models, New Media, New Metrics” was the title of a keynote address given by SLIS faculty member Dr. Blaise Cronin on May 9, 2013. The talk was for the 3ª Conferencia sobre calidad de revistas de ciencias sociales y humanidades (CRECS 2013) held at the University of Seville, Spain. The talk abstract is included below.

The conference topic was scholarly publication trends in the social sciences and humanities.

Talk Abstract:

The world of scholarly publishing is changing at an unprecedented rate, and with it our understanding of what it means to publish, what it means to be an author. The scale of innovation and experimentation is bewildering—so many production, distribution, pricing, peer review and archiving models to choose between. Scholars today have a multiplicity of communication media and publication platforms at their disposal. They routinely submit their work to repositories and open access journals, create videos, upload and re-purpose datasets, share slide presentations, blog about their research, make use of reference managers, tweet, and interact with their peers via a host of social media. Scholars’ digital footprints are everywhere to be found and almost every footprint can be tracked and recorded. Alongside traditional bibliometric indicators we now have a range of alternative indicators and usage data that provide real-time information on both authors’ and readers’ behaviors. However, concerns relating to the validity, reliability, utility, comparability and ethicality of the new metrics abound. Which data elements should be captured and counted, by whom, for what purposes?

Posted June 10, 2013