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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Beyond Metrics: Community Authorization and Open Peer Review

Beyond Metrics: Community Authorization and Open Peer Review

(p.452) Chapter 26 Beyond Metrics: Community Authorization and Open Peer Review
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter first examines the mismatch between conventional peer review as it has been practiced since the mid-twentieth century and the structures of intellectual engagement on the Internet. Over the last twenty years, the publisher-derived imprimatur declaring selectivity has become less important online than the imprimatur that is conferred by community. In other words, readers give more weight to the recommendations of people they know, even if only by reputation, than they do the opinions of publishers. The chapter also makes an argument for developing means of articulating the value of open peer review and discusses how digital humanities scholars can support the robust evaluation of their work in open formats.

Keywords:   peer review, open review, digital humanities, Internet publishing

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