CFP: Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0

By way of JISC-Repositories:

The 12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (25 to 27 June 2008, Toronto, Canada) has just extended its call for papers to 31 January 2008. Full details below …

Due to numerous requests for a postponement, and compatible with the review
process and the publication time, the deadline for abstracts submission
has been extended to January 31: NEW DATE!

12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing
25 to 27 June 2008, Toronto, Canada

Second Call for Papers ELPUB2008
New submission deadline: January 31, 2008

Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0

Scholarly communications, in particular scholarly publications, are undergoing tremendous changes. Researchers, universities, funding bodies, research libraries and publishers are responding in different ways, from active experimentation, adaptation, to strong resistance. The ELPUB2008 conference will focus on key issues on the future of scholarly communications resulting from the intersection of semantic web technologies, the development of cyberinfrastructure for humanities and the sciences, and new dissemination channels and business models. We welcome a wide variety of papers from members of these communities whose research and experiments are transforming the nature of scholarly communications. Topics include but are not restricted to:

  • New Publishing models, tools, services and roles
  • New scholarly constructs and discourse methods
  • Innovative business models for scholarly publishing
  • Multilingual and multimodal interfaces
  • Services and technology for specific user communities, media, and content
  • Content search, analysis and retrieval
  • Interoperability, scalability and middleware infrastructure to facilitate awareness and discovery
  • Personalisation technologies (e.g. social tagging, folksonomies, RSS, microformats)
  • Metadata creation, usage and interoperability
  • Semantic web issues
  • Data mining, text harvesting, and dynamic formatting
  • User generated content and its relation to publisher’s content
  • Usage and citation impact
  • Security, privacy and copyright issues
  • Digital preservation, content authentication
  • Recommendations, guidelines, interoperability standards

Author Guidelines

  • Contributions are invited for the following categories:
  • Single papers (abstract minimum of 1,000 and maximum of 1500 words)
  • Tutorial (abstract minimum of  500 and maximum of 1500 words)
  • Workshop (abstract max of 1000 words)
  • Poster (abstract max of 500 words)
  • Demonstration (abstract max of 500 words)

Abstracts must be submitted following the instructions on the conference website:

Key Dates:

January 31th 2008: New deadline for submission of abstracts (in all categories):

February 28, 2008: Authors will be notified of the acceptance of submitted papers and workshop proposals.

April 11th, 2008: Final papers must be received. See website for detailed author instructions.

Posters (A1-format) and demonstration materials should be brought by their authors at the conference time. Only abstracts of these contributions will be published in the conference proceedings. Information on requirements for workshops and tutorials proposals will soon be posted on the website.

All submissions are subjected to peer review (double-blind) and accepted by the international ELPUB Programme Committee. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Printed proceedings are distributed during the conference. Electronic versions of the contributions will be archived at:


The ELPUB 2008 conference will keep the tradition of the previous international conferences on electronic publishing, held in the United Kingdom (in 1997 and 2001), Hungary (1998), Sweden (1999), Russia (2000), the Czech Republic (2002), Portugal (2003), Brazil (2004), Belgium (2005), Bulgaria (2006) and Austria (2007), which is to bring together researchers, lecturers, librarians, developers, business executives, entrepreneurs, managers, users and all those interested in issues regarding electronic publishing in a wide variety of contexts. These include the human, cultural, economic, social, technological, legal, commercial, and other relevant aspects that such an exciting theme encompasses.

Three distinguishing features of this conference are: broad scope of topics which creates a unique atmosphere of active exchange and learning about various aspects of scholarly communications and electronic publishing; combination of general and technical issues; and a condensed procedure of submission, revision and publication of proceedings which guarantees presentations of most recent work.

ELPUB 2008 offers a variety of activities, such as workshops, tutorials, panel debates, poster presentation and demonstrations.  A variety of social events and sight-seeing tours will be available to participants (at additional costs). Please see the conference web site for details.

Conference Location: Toronto, Canada. Toronto is one of the most vibrant cities in North-America. It has a large multicultural population, is the largest city in Canada and the 5th-largest city in North America. There are many world class galleries and museums across the city and you will find authentic cuisines from around the world at reasonable prices.

Conference Host: Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), University of Toronto. KMDI  is a graduate research and teaching institute at the University of Toronto, and an intellectual incubator fostering cross-disciplinary initiatives across the university. The work of the institute spans both the scientific study of the ways in which media shapes and is shaped by human activity, and the practical work of founding an interdisciplinary nexus for design and evaluation of both media and media technologies. KMDI has acknowledged leadership, substantial research programs and broad participation in three major areas: collaboration and collaboration technologies, the phenomenon of openness and new forms of knowledge production and dissemination, and public policy and citizen engagement.

General Chair: Leslie Chan, University of Toronto Scarborough,

Programme Chair: Susanna Mornati, CILEA – Inter-Academic Consortium for ICT, Italy,

Web site:

About Tom Elliott

Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
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