Call for Book Proposals: Biomedical Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age

Call for Proposals: Biomedical Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age

Are you knowledgeable about scholarly communication in the biomedical sciences?  Would you like to share that knowledge with librarians, researchers, faculty and students?

If so, please consider submitting a proposal to the MLA Books Panel.

Areas of focus for chapters may include:

*   Traditional academic publishing and communication; challenges, including the serials crisis, to the traditional model

*   Open access publishing –  open access policies, including those of NIH and other government agencies; the role of libraries; challenges

*   Institutional repositories in biomedical settings – software and platforms, promotion, deposit policies at academic institutions

*   Peer review – challenges to traditional methods, new models such as open peer review

*   Measurement of author impact through journal rank and impact factors, newer ways of measurement such as altmetrics; assessment of quality of scholarly publications

*   Knowledge translation models and barriers in clinical practice

*   Research data management – concepts, methods, making data discoverable through metadata, linked data and data curation profiles

*   Digital preservation of electronic publications, grey literature

*   Legal and ethical issues in scholarly publishing – copyright (particularly in relation to author’s rights), patents and their effect on deposit, HIPAA regulations and clinical research publication, plagiarism and published research retraction, conflict of interest disclosures

*   Open educational resources

Where possible, the book will highlight model programs and practices at academic health sciences libraries and academic medical centers.  The publication will define scholarly communications in the 21st century through discussion of current concepts and state of the art. It will also review the history of the field and examine the forces that have caused it to radically change in the last two decades, and explore future developments, emerging technologies and practices.

You may write the book by yourself, or edit the book and seek contributions from other academic health sciences librarians or information professionals.  We describe the submission process at Publish a Book with MLA<>.   To begin the process, submit your completed step 1 form<> to Martha Lara<> at MLA by April 30th. If you have questions about serving as the editor or the author of the entire volume, please contact We cannot consider contributions of individual chapters at this time.

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