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1 Reference Publishing at Oxford University Press Damon Zucca, Reference Publisher

2 Reference at Oxford University Press March  Academic materials for specialists  Digital focus  International audience / markets  16 online subscription products  5,000 authors published per year  62 countries represented by authors

3 Digital Reference Journals Who is the audience? Scholars, scientists, and university students What do we publish? Long-form, peer-reviewed articles Deep commitment to excellence and expertise Help researchers keep up with pace of new publishing March

4 4 primary scholarship secondary scholarship tertiary scholarship active debate established ideas Journals Monographs Handbook Reviews Research Encyclopedia Review of the current research Bibliographic guide to the most important sources on a topic Encyclopedic overviews of all aspects of a topic Monographs OSO Handbook Reviews Higher Ed Textbooks Journals DISCIPLINE Bibliographic Guides Research Encyclopedias

5 Digital publishing model 1.Appoint an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board 2.Develop conceptual framework 3.Invite authors 4.Peer-review contributions 5.Regular review of progress to determine new topics and update priorities 6.Commission new articles or updates based on user feedback

6 The Information Overload Problem  Difficult to keep up with developments in the field  Labor-intensive to start research in unfamiliar areas  Slows productivity on research projects  Guiding students is major challenge. March

7 How can academic reference help?  Entryway into scholarly and scientific research in unfamiliar areas  Trustworthy guidance based on the considered judgments of experts  Provides pathways on to further research  A framework of knowledge within that field of inquiry March

8 8 Mobilizing the community of experts

9 Global network of research March

10 Oxford Bibliographies Learn more Editorial inquiries

11 Oxford Bibliographies: What is it?  Guides research through growing mass of academic output  Reproduces the experience of asking an expert for recommendations  By invitation, only online, double peer-review  Helps researchers save time and increase productivity March

12 March Headings concisely identify the type of resource or area of scholarship Commentary provides context and recommendations to guide users through the cited sources Citations provide selective list of best and most useful resources available Annotations provide more information about each work and guidance on why it is important or useful

13 Oxford Bibliographies: International authorship By the numbers 41 subjects 8,500 articles signed 5,325 articles published 29 million words (65 printed volumes) 542,758 recommended sources 6,000 authors 170 academic board members 54 countries By the numbers 41 subjects 8,500 articles signed 5,325 articles published 29 million words (65 printed volumes) 542,758 recommended sources 6,000 authors 170 academic board members 54 countries March How to tap into global network of authors?  Not well known outside US and UK  Writing is in English  Reference is not considered scholarship  Online-only publication deters some authors  Making connections

14 Research Encyclopedias Learn more Editorial contactscontacts

15 March Oxford Research Encyclopedias Continuously updated encyclopedias in 20 disciplines Deliver in-depth interpretative overviews Written and vetted by scholars for scholars and students Map the entirety of a field of inquiry; evolve as the field evolves Direct research journeys to other relevant trusted content

16 Disciplines Covered March

17 How to get involved? March Use the websites (talk to me about gratis access): Bibliographic guides: Handbook review essays: Research Encyclopedias: Grove Music Online: Grove Art Online: Contact the project editor with ideas for articles When you receive an invitation to participate – don’t ignore it. Ask your library to trial or subscribe

18 Thank you! Please contact me directly with comments and questions March


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