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To all the folks in scholarly communication/publishing out there:

1. I appreciate the work you do.
2. I likely have significant differences with you or your organization over strategic direction, stakeholder orientation, ideals for the future, etc.
3. I appreciate the work you do.

Thinking this morning about the statement, as a peer reviewer, “this is / isn’t a Journal X paper.” What forms of knowledge, authority, belonging does this mobilize, and for whom? #RecognizingPreprintReview

One more before I go. A long-term project I'm *really* proud of is the Open Syllabus Project, which I co-founded with @elotroalex, Dennis Tenen, and Joe Karagamis, now ably led by JK. We're up to ~17 MILLION syllabi in the mix, and several million more out of it (e.g., for political reasons, like not enabling the persecution of educators). The broad aim is to do to syllabi what Google did to the web: make a far-flung ~genre into a computationally analyzable corpus, with benefits at every level, from prospective students to inter/national scholarly orgs. Examples:

(1) enabling researchers to discover each others' work across disciplines and institutions, based on assigned readings (not just inidvidually but also in pairs/groups, sequences, etc);

(2) a metric of scholarly impact based on citations that are actually assigned, rather than mummery about 'prestige' — so, for ex, your widely read blog counts as much as an insanely overpriced journal;

(3) an empirical framework for reconciling credit structures, so students who transfer from one edu to another get credit for the work they've done.

The last one, for me, is the big win in terms of social justice. Transfer students are among the most economically precarious, so minimizing the obstacles they face will have serious financial impact: less needless repetition of courses, more freedom to study what they want, lower fees, LESS DEBT. ✊🏼

And much more. We're painfully aware of the potential negative effects of this, and are doing our level best — you have my word on this — to avoid and prevent them.

Please check it out, sign up, and spread the word on Mastodon and beyond.

#dh #digitalhumanities

📢 We're hiring a Business Development and Partnerships Lead!

Lead our efforts in diversifying our funding modes and streams + growing uptake & investment of #openinfrastructure by institutions & funders globally

Full-time, fully-remote role!

Striking that the desire for more humane, constructive, non-adversarial review is on people’s minds here at #RecognizingPreprintReview.

Is there a necessary relationship between this and _preprint_ review? Possibly, if reviews are open (with or w/o public reviewer identities) and delinked from high-stakes yes/no decisions.

But: this convo is also happening in fields like #anthropology that are not preprinting.

Your new publishing model is interesting and I look forward to seeing what it gives.
However, my employer #CNRS (11000 tenured research staff) is concerned with the #APC rise with the #goldOA publishing system and urges us to avoid APCs, setting the target in #diamondOA :
They now admit that #diamondOA requires investment from them. Would institutional funding be a way towards this? If not, why? #publishing #openscience

Anyone into #STS might find this call for papers interesting:

- Special Forum: "Futures of STS Academic Publishing"
- Deadline: 30 April 2023
- We're looking for a range of article types (2-6k words or full research articles)

My first interview about our new book airs later today! An 'in conversation' followed by live Q&A.

I'll be chatting about learned societies and scientific #journals with #SocietyStreet2022 later today (4pm UK / 11am EST). To join us, see

(And/or download the book itself: A History of Scientific Journals: publishing at the #RoyalSociety 1665-2015, open access PDF from


For anyone planning to attend #4S2023 in Cholula, you're invited the Open Data workshop! We'll be thinking about what makes "good" and "open" data and how/if it makes sense to open it. In person & online participation! #STS #OpenData

I’m sure FTX will be the last of its kind. Glad everyone had a chance to learn this painful lesson. Grateful that we are beyond the era of young dudes with Stanford pedigrees and VC backing telling us how to organize society around their interests. Now to take a big drink of Liquid Death canned water.

Taking the idea further (too far?)—other worthwhile additions to the copyright page: names/logos of the open infrastructure services & systems used in the making & distribution of the book. The point is not just to acknowledge the publishers efforts but of its place in a larger publishing system.

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Unpopular response to people contacting me after the distribution of the recent Horizon Europe draft: “I don’t believe we need to develop something new now. The question is how we can make support for and use of things like PubPub, OAPEN, OLH, OBP, … more mainstream?” #openaccess

Truly excellent idea from Sean Guyes of Lever Press (

“We should put the cost of publication (production, printing, and acquisition labor) on the copyright page of each book, as best as can be calculated by the time of print proofs, including labor and other known direct costs.”

Would help readers understand a little something of what goes into a publication.


Is sustainability still a thing in open source?
We answer this question in our latest article on, with
@acorsin and @shaikh via @osdc

#opensource #sustainability

The first collab from @emma_lurie and I! How does Google resist counter-imaginaries in search? Check out our new paper:

My unrealized Blurb Blog (what I envisioned as the home of appreciative blurb criticism and analysis) would have featured a new blurb about the blog itself every few posts. Tom gets it.


#Socialcoop stars in this new article by me and @amyadele on why the fediverse is not just a Twitter replacement—it invites us to a whole new orientation to social media:

Thanks fellow cooperators for helping inform this thinking!

🧵 There is so much good work happening in OA, libraries and ScholComm. Here are a few of our favorite projects that we hope you will consider supporting for #GivingTuesday as well:

Black Friday!
Cyber Monday!
Throw off your Chains Tuesday!
Seize the Means of Production Thursday!

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My Mastodon posting practices are still evolving: these should go with the above post:

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[Sidebar: Because so many of the important conversations in scholarly comm & publishing are still happening on Twitter, I will occasionally pull them over here, even as my engagement drops there. And yes, I'm trying to figure out the non-dunk QT here.]

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