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CfP LIBREAS #18 – Scholarly/Scientific communication and Knowledge organisation

Posted in LIBREAS Call for Papers by libreas on 4. November 2010

In the 21st century no one conducts research on his/her own. The keyword in the world of science is “collaboration”. In the history of sciences, collaboration is a „terminus technicus“. Its origins can be found in the burgeoning English and French academies of the 16th and 17th centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century new, larger forms of research groups evolved and rapidly became institutionalized („Big Science“). Science (and scholarship as well) is not an abstract phenomenon; it is a social process of intellectual reflection to solve problems.

Digital communication spaces turn out to be – paradoxically – tangible expressions of collaboration in scholarly and scientific practice. A tangible thing can be handled much more explicitly. As science (a bit more maybe than scholarship) deals with making things tangible and explicit, it’s not surprising to see that the domain of electronic tools is in full bloom.

The upcoming LIBREAS-Issue – dealing with topics in the field of digital mediated scholarly/scientific communication and knowledge organization – will not only focus on certain special tools or functionalities. We want to reflect these forms of scientific work and possibilities to share knowledge in a manifold and critical way. A variety of different aspects can be considered, like:

  • Tradition and changes ─ is scholarly/scientific communication really changing or do the new tools only sideline a long established culture of communication? Can we state, that the techniques and opportunities for collection and distribution create new ways of using data and literature?
  • Actors and roles ─ Who is communicating with whom? Scholarly/scientific institutions; libraries/information service provider; scientists, students? How can we characterize communication between the scholarly/scientific communities and the public?
  • Discourse ─ to what extent are scholarly and scientific communication processes influenced by electronic communication tools?
  • Benefits and deficits ─ which communicative enhancements really result from these tools? What kind of disparities emerge between claim and reality?
  • Economics ─ Do marketing strategies and business models for collaboration adequately cover the sought after sustainability of information services?
  • Techniques ─ Is the integration and usage of information and data (objects) in the tools realized?

There is a broad range of approaches for dealing with digitally mediated scholarly/scientific communication: e.g. the characteristics of (web-based) reference management systems to accompany the publication process, the effectiveness of mailing-lists, blogs, etc. to talk about research topics or the user-benefits of integrated portal solutions.

Please feel free to explore this field with LIBREAS. We look forward to receiving your papers! Submission deadline is 31st December 2010. Please remember our author guidelines at Get in contact with the editors Homepage at

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