A UC Davis IFHA Project

Powerful changes are affecting traditional systems of research publication, academic credit, research quality assessment, and the meaning of “publication”:  the increasing scale and interdisciplinary nature of collaborations; the growing reliance on cyberinfrastructure for producing and disseminating research; the impact of Open Access models and economic dysfunction on traditional publishing; the transformation of data from evidence for research results to research output itself; new metrics of impact; new forms of misconduct and detection; doubts about peer review as quality guarantor; the impact of intellectual property on the content and timing of publications.

The “Innovation in Scholarly Communication” (ICIS) project will analyze these changes and help shape the future of scholarly communication.  The ICIS project is a collaboration between Mario Biagioli (UC Davis School of Law), MacKenzie Smith (UC Davis University Librarian) and Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis Genome Center).  In collaboration with colleagues from many departments across campus,  we will focus on three sets of issues emblematic of these changes:  1) “New Models of Scholarly Communication”;   2) “New Misconduct and New Opportunities”, and  3) “Communicating with Data.”

The scholarly communication system affects scholars and scientists across all fields and levels.  It also frames the policies of administrators evaluating and funding them, and of libraries confronting new forms of scholarly communication based on new technologies of discourse delivery.  These trends are profoundly changing the role of the university, and we want to lead their direction.


This project is funded by the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and the Arts (IFHA) Program.

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New Models of Scholarly Communication

New forms of digital communication are leading to major changes in the scholarly publishing landscape. Examples include wikis, blogs, microblogs (e.g., Twitter), social media, videos, podcasts, data repositories, real-time posting ...

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New Misconduct and New Opportunities

New forms of misconduct have emerged (and traditional ones have changed their meaning) under pressure from the increasing global scale and multicultural nature of collaborations, their increasing interdisciplinary makeup, and ...

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Communicating with Data

Data has become another genre of modern scholarship with the increasing reliance on research computing, informatics, virtual and team research becoming the new norm in many disciplines. Data in this ...

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UC Pay It Forward Project

Click here for the final report and other news about the Pay-It-Forward project Looking for information on Move It Forward, ...

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An Open Digital Global South 2017

An Open Digital Global South: Risks and Rewards UC Davis Law School, Room 1001 May 25-26, 2017 Click here to watch the conference recordings. DAY 1: ...

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Gaming Metrics Conference 2016

Please follow the links to watch videos of the conference proceedings of “Gaming Metrics: Innovation and Surveillance in Academic Misconduct” held at UC Davis February 3-4th, 2016. This conference ...

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Software for Science: Getting Credit for Code 2015

Software for Science: Getting Credit for Code Date & Time: October 30, 2015 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm This event was recorded and is now ...

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2014-2015 Seminar Series

2014-2015 Innovating Communication in Scholarship Seminar Series            Organized by Alessandro Delfanti, Allison Fish, and Alexandra Lippman ...

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Art of Archive Workshop 2015

This re-post from the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) blog describes a workshop on archival practices that took place on May 21, ...

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Data Rights & Data Wrongs 2014

Date & Time: December 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: MPR, Student Community Center, UC Davis Scholars are increasingly subject to pressures ...

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Publication Mismatches 2014

PUBLICATION MISMATCHES: IS THERE A COMMON CURRENCY FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT? When: Thursday, ...

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Publish or Perish 2014

Notes, Thoughts, Links Scholarly publishing is in a bit of turmoil.  This upheaval impacts not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the assessment of scholars (and ...

#OpenGlobalSouth Slides and Video

An Open Digital Global South: Risks and Rewards UC Davis Law School, Room 1001 May 25-26, 2017 Click here to watch the conference recordings. DAY 1: FRAMING ...

June 14, 2017

An Open Digital Global South, May 25-26, 2017

An Open Digital Global South: Risks and Rewards UC Davis Law School, Room 1001 May 25-26, 2017 Please note that this event has concluded. Conference video is ...

April 05, 2017

Principle Investigators

Postdoctoral Fellows

Scholarly Communications Officer, UC Davis Library

  • Michael Wolfe

Graduate Student Researchers

  • Carlos Andres Barragan
  • Ladan Doroud
  • Marisano James
  • Russell Neches

Postdoctoral Fellow Alum