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Academic Publishing in the Digital Age

  • B04, Birkbeck, University of London 43 Gordon Square London, WC1H 0PD United Kingdom (map)

A structured day of talks and workshops aimed at arts and humanities Ph.D. candidates who wish to learn about the social, technological and economic aspects of academic publishing in both theoretical and practical terms. Building on recent debates around open access, the event is run by two founders of the Open Library of Humanities.

By the end of the day, attendees should understand the complex dynamics of academic publishing, the social challenges for editors and the technologies that underpin  contemporary practice. This will be of benefit to anyone who wishes to edit a book or journal at any point in their academic career but also to those who wish to understand the systems within which the academy produces research work: publishing.

The workshop is coordinated by Dr. Martin Paul Eve, Senior Lecturer in Literature,  Technology and Publishing and Dr. Caroline Edwards, Lecturer in Modern and  Contemporary Literature, both at Birkbeck. Additional expertise is provided by Dr. Liz Sage, Associate Lecturer and Tutor at Sussex University.

To confirm attendance please contact: Anthony Shepherd on

11:00am–11:30am: Registration and coffee/tea
11:30am–11:45am: Welcome [CE, ME]
11:45am–12:45pm: Lecture: “Publishing and Technology” [ME]
12:45pm–13:30pm: Lunch (provided)
13:30pm–15:00pm: Workshop: Conducting peer review [CE]
15:00pm–15:20pm: Coffee/tea
15:20pm–16:20pm: Workshop: Editing academic writing [LS]
16:30pm–17:45pm: Workshop: Software, markup languages, preservation [ME]
17:45pm–18:00pm: Closing remarks [CE, ME]
18:00pm-19:30pm: Drinks [Keynes Library]