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CFP: Open Scholarship and the Global South for special issue

Open Scholarship and the Global South: Opening Access, Software, and Data
The Global South features prominently in both the history and the ideals of open scholarship. Where the legacy of the scholarly communications system is premised on the restriction of scholarly information to a rarefied few, concentrated in the Global North, open scholarly practices promise an alternative better-suited to fostering global intellectual conversations by facilitating the free flow of information, thereby addressing barriers to equitable access. Little wonder, then, that Southern scholars and institutions have been pioneers and adopters of open scholarship practices including open access, open data, and open source software.
But within the universe of open practices, there remain a diversity of approaches, models, methods, and complications. As open scholarly information increases in scope and adoption, are there approaches to openness in scholarship that create or perpetuate exclusion or hierarchy between various regions of the world? How are Southern scholars’ perspectives and experiences with open access and open data taken into account in developing standards and models for open scholarship in the Global North or more broadly? Are there the unanticipated opportunities or risks created through the implementation of models for open data, open software, or open access? How are ideals of scholarly openness implemented on the ground and how are these debated?
This special issue for First Monday is edited by members of the interdisciplinary Innovating Communication in Scholarship project at the University of California, Davis, and builds on the conversations and conclusions of the project’s Open Digital Global South conference of May 2017. The issue explores the promises and risks of openness in scholarship in relationship to the Global South, addressing topics that include:
What are the effects on and implications for the Global South of the various approaches to open access publishing?
When and how do open policies and practices improve global participation in both the production and consumption of open scholarship?
How are risks in information openness understood differently in the Global South and North?
How do or should Global South needs shape the best practices for protecting sensitive information while realizing the goals of openness in research and knowledge sharing?
Do concerns such as histories of imperialism and fears about biopiracy shape attitudes about information openness?
Please consult with First Monday’s style guidelines and submit your paper to Michael Wolfe (mrwolfe at ucdavis dot edu) by December 15, 2017.


Call for Papers: “Transforming Scholarship: Open Access, Data Sharing, and Emerging Forms of Publication”

ICIS associates have issued an open call for papers for a panel at the next 4S Annual Meeting (Society for Social Studies of Science), to be held in Denver, CO, November 11-14, 2015


Transforming Scholarship: Open Access, Data Sharing, and Emerging Forms of Publication

Powerful changes are impacting traditional systems of research publication, academic credit, research quality assessment, and the meaning of “publication.” At the same time, traditional publishing models continue to shape how scholars produce and exchange knowledge. Understanding the scholarly communication system and its balance between transformation and continuity is a key goal for science and technology studies, as publishing practices affect scholars and scientists across all fields and levels. These changes also frame the policies of administrators evaluating and funding them, and of libraries confronting new technologies. The increasing scale and interdisciplinary nature of collaborations, as well as the growing reliance on cyberinfrastructures for producing and disseminating research, are central transformations that require a critical, theoretically oriented approach that encompasses the significance of these trends beyond communication.

The panel turns to different perspectives, such as STS, law, history, ethnography or media studies, to shed light on how scholarly communication systems evolve and interact with broader socio-political transformations. Indeed, we believe that the transformation we point out is posing epistemological and sociological questions about the place of scientific knowledge in contemporary societies. We are particularly interested in papers including, but not limited to, the following sub-topics: the interplay between old and new models of scholarly communication; the impact of Open Access models; the transformation of data from research results to research output itself; new metrics of impact; new forms of misconduct including metrics-based misconduct; the impact of English as the lingua franca of global science; doubts about peer review as quality guarantor; the impact of intellectual property on the content and timing of publications; disciplinary and geographical differences; scholarly norms and incentives that shape scientific institutions and their communication practices. Through this panel we aim to discuss and strengthen a critical research agenda that could inform university policy change for scholarly communication.

The deadline for submissions of individual papers is March 29, 2015

Organizers of this panel are: Alessandro Delfanti (corresponding convenor), Alexandra Lippman, and Mario Biagioli (University of California, Davis).