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New kinds of scholarly works

New forms of scholarship are emerging from the possibilities of the digital networked environment. Here are a few examples.

New forms of scholarship are emerging from the possibilities of the digital networked environment. Here are a few examples:

Electronic books can be more than just digital conversions of printed volumes:

Virtual communities of scholars with shared interests are emerging on a regular basis, made practical by the simple and ubiquitous e-mail list:

Thematic research collections are a new category of scholarly work emerging in the humanities:

Weblogs (or blogs) and wikis are fast becoming commonplace on the web, and many explore scholarly topics. According to Nature, these can be useful “both before publication, when generating ideas, and after publication, when discussing results.” There are many examples, including:

E-journals reach beyond the simple translation of a print journal to electronic form:

Encyclopedias are hardly new, but today scholars are developing and maintaining a new generation of dynamic, web-based resources that are readily updated and openly available. Wikipedia — “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” — is a popular success, but there also examples that apply rigorous peer review: