DIY Academy?

Ashley Dawson, in DIY Academy?, addresses a rising issue for publishers and journalists in regards to the digital landscape. She states, “I have seen that digitalization raises a series of thorny questions as well as many exciting opportunities for scholars” (271). Some people think making journal open access is great while others express hesitation on this idea. Today, PDF’s and scholarly articles are present on University databases to aid students.

Personally, when I’m writing a research paper I use the Manhattanville library database. This online source permits me to find scholarly written articles to base my analysis and research off of instead of walking into the library to retrieve hard copies of the journals and papers. Since we’re in a digital era now, publishers and journalists are adapting to this new medium. I think that writers should still be able to own intellectual property of their work as well as getting paid for the material being published on such databases.

“…while humanities scholars may disseminate their publications online, the final, archival publication still has to appear in a tradition, paper format to be considered seriously for tenure and promotional evaluation. This means that many of the radical textual and scholarly possibilities of digital publication remain unexplored” (270).

This makes me wonder if every journal and scholarly article will have to be in both print and online or if the online landscape will take over everything that was once in print. The article is unclear about how this will end seeing as it’s a “tentative conclusion.” Yet, Dawson says that “It is important, however, that we think clearly about the implications of current projects and about the processes and institutions that are driving the move online” (271-272).

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