• “Putting the Papers Online”: Recognizing Labor on Documents in Scholarly Publishing

    Author(s):
    Timothy W. Elfenbein (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Library & Information Science, Scholarly Communication, Science and Technology Studies (STS)
    Subject(s):
    Documents, Labour, Publishing, Scholarly communication, XML
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    Anthropology in Transit conference
    Meeting Org.:
    University of California, Irvine, Department of Anthropology
    Meeting Loc.:
    Irvine, CA
    Meeting Date:
    02/23/2019
    Tag(s):
    Elsevier, Knowledge infrastructure, Persistent identifiers, Subject repositories
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/0asy-4n35
    Abstract:
    In this presentation, I investigate claims that publishers add little value to scholarly communication by asking about those parts of publishing overlooked when the focus is exclusively on content. Evaluating a study by Martin Klein, Peter Broadwell, Sharon Farb, and Todd Grappone, I not only point to problems with its assumptions about value, sampling methods, and choice of measures, but also highlight the study's silence on work performed by publishers on documents, as opposed to content. I conclude by asserting that by ignoring labor performed on documents, scholars partake in a politics of immediation that undermines their ability to understand the scholarly communication system.
    Notes:
    Note: This presentation was delivered on February 23, 2019, one week before the University of California system broke off negotiations with Elsevier over their next contract.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 months ago
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