Working papers, open access, and cyber-infrastructure in classical studies

Pritchard, David (2008) Working papers, open access, and cyber-infrastructure in classical studies. Literary & Linguistic Computing, 23 2: 149-162. doi:10.1093/llc/fqn005

Author Pritchard, David
Title Working papers, open access, and cyber-infrastructure in classical studies
Journal name Literary & Linguistic Computing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-1145
Publication date 2008-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/llc/fqn005
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 149
End page 162
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 08 Information and Computing Sciences
0807 Library and Information Studies
Formatted abstract
Princeton—Stanford Working Papers in Classics (PSWPC) is a web-based series of work-in-progress scripts by members of two leading departments of classics. It introduces the humanities to a new form of scholarly communication and represents a major advance in the free availability of classical-studies scholarship in cyberspace. This article both reviews the initial performance of this open-access experiment and the benefits and challenges of working papers more generally for classical studies. After 2 years of operation PSWPC has proven to be a clear success. This series has built up a large international readership and a sizeable body of pre-prints and performs important scholarly and community-outreach functions. As this performance is largely due to its congruency with the working arrangements of ancient historians and classicists and the global demand for open-access scholarship, the series confirms the viability of this means of scholarly communication, and the likelihood of its expansion in our discipline. But modifications are required to increase the benefits this series brings and the amount of scholarship it makes freely available online. Finally, departments wishing to replicate its success will have to consider other important developments, such as the increasing availability of post-prints, the linking of research funding to open access, and the emergence of new cyber-infrastructure. © The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of ALLC and ACH. All rights reserved.
Keyword Working papers
Open access
Classical studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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