FAQ

Below we respond to some of the common questions we have been receiving about the digitalSTS handbook:

What is a submission?
We will accept many kinds of submissions, from a traditional article, to short thought pieces, or multimedia digital objects. We encourage staid thoughtful pieces and experimental and playful contributions. We are working toward a digital platform that will support a variety of formats — the final outcome is dependent on you!

Is digitalSTS a handbook, a fieldguide or a scrapbook?
Yes. These are the names that the digitalSTS community came up for each section:  the “handbook” will include cases and theory,  the “fieldguide” explores questions of method, and the “scrapbook” will emphasize making and design. We do not intend for these to be hard and fast categories, many submissions will cross them; we draw on these terms to remind us of the varieties of interests and contributions within the digitalSTS community.

What will the final digitalSTS publication look like?
We have been inspired in our work by successful projects in the Digital Humanities (such as Debates in the Digital Humanities) that have combined online open peer review, open-access digital publication, and print into innovative formats that maintain the highest standards of scholarly rigor and communication.We aim to publish with an academic press that will support a fully open-access and online digital edition of the book. Its contents will be curated by the digitalSTS community and the editorial team. There will also be a companion hard-copy publication available for purchase. Due to the interactive nature of some of the prospective book components, we will print a selection of the submissions.

How will credit be allocated?
We are very conscious of the need to credit people for their time and resources, and of the importance of such credit to academic integrity and status. Consistent with open source projects, therefore, we aim to give credit in the book to all participants in the process. This includes individuals who came to the workshops who helped to craft the scope and contents of the book; individuals who participate in online open peer review; authors of accepted submissions; and the editorial team. We will work to develop a nomenclature for these different authorial categories such that individuals who participate in the process are given credit for their work in the book, and so that participants will have the appropriate language to list on their academic CV’s.

What is the our timeline for publication?
Please see the schedule page.

Will there be further digitalSTS events?
Yes! We expect additional workshops and panels as we move towards publication of the handbook. If you are interested in running a digitalSTS event please contact us at digitalSTS@zoho.com

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