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The Digital Humanities: DH PUBLISHING

This guide is intended to grow and evolve as new resources and research tools relating to the Digital Humanities become available so as to support the ongoing discovery and creation of knowledge by USC faculty and students


Institute for the Future of the Book  "We're a small think-and-do tank investigating the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens. There are independent branches of Institute in New York, London and Brisbane. The New York branch is affiliated with the Libraries of New York University."

USC Research Guide:  Spreading the Word: Publishing Your Research & Extending Your Impact. Covers: Impact Metrics; Altmetrics, Open Access.  

Publishers and Open Source Publishing Platforms (A very small sampling):

Anvil Academic   is a scholarly publisher of born-digital and born-again-digital research in the humanities. We have two key goals: to support complex forms of scholarly argument in a digital context and to bring editorial and institutional legitimacy to this scholarship. In other words, we are helping to make digital scholarship and helping to make this scholarship count.

Digital Culture Books. digitalculturebooks is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press dedicated to publishing innovative work in new media studies and digital humanities. We began in 2006 as a partnership between MLibrary and the Press, taking advantage of the skills and expertise of staff throughout Michigan Publishing. Our primary goal is to be an incubator for new publishing models in the humanities and social sciences.  See: Our Books.

Media Commons Press An in-development feature of MediaCommons, promoting the digital publication of texts in the field of media studies, ranging from article- to monograph-length.

Omeka A flexible, open-source web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections.

Open Humanities Press  Publishes open access e-books: ""OHP is an international community of scholars, editors and readers with a focus on critical and cultural theory.

Public Knowledge Project    PKP is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.

Scalar  "Born-digital, open source, media-rich scholarly publishing that’s as easy as blogging." A product of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California. 

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The discussion relating to the assessment of digital scholarship, and, more precisely to the digital humanities, is quite extensive and lively.   The list, below, is an extremely small representative sampling of recent guidelines for promotion and tenure in the digital humanities

A. Links to Guidelines:

Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Work  MLA Committee on Information Technology. Includes links to academic organizations; departments and academic units; and publications.

B. Academic Organizations.

Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in History. American Historical Association (2015). Downloadable  PDF on this site.  "Because academic contributions in the emergent digital environment can take many forms, the AHA has asked the committee to examine not only 'work that can be seen as analogous to print scholarship that is reviewable by peers (i.e. journal articles and books), but also to address the myriad uses of digital technology for research, teaching, pedagogy, and even some that might be described as service'."

Promotion & Tenure Criteria for Assessing Digital Research in the Humanities (last update: 2014).  Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Includes standards, evaluation criteria, and web links for reviewers.

Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media.  Modern Language Association (Revised 2012).  The following guidelines are designed to help departments and faculty members implement effective evaluation procedures for hiring, reappointment, tenure, and promotion. They apply to scholars working with digital media as their subject matter and to those who use digital methods or whose work takes digital form.

C. Articles

Closing the Evaluation Gap Special Issue: Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol.1, No. 4, Fall 2012.  "Some scholarly societies, universities and colleges, and departments have called for a redefinition — or at least an expansion — of what is considered creditable scholarship. There have been scattered initial attempts to understand how digital scholarship might be better assessed, but the editors of JDH felt, and many of our readers agreed, that there was not a single place to go for a comprehensive overview of proposals, guidelines, and experiences. We attempt to provide a single location here, with an issue and living bibliography that will grow as additional examples are published across the web."