Modelling Open Social Scholarship Within the INKE Community


  • Alyssa Arbuckle University of Victoria
  • John Maxwell Simon Fraser University



open access, open scholarship, scholarly communication, publishing


Given the current state of digital technology, there is a clear opportunity to revamp scholarly communication into a multi-faceted, open system that integrates and takes advantage of the near-ubiquitous global network. In doing so, the values of collaboration, sharing, and transparency inherent to open social scholarship can be integrated into knowledge dissemination methods. The Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) community is currently organized around the idea of open social scholarship, but putting this into practice will involve assessing and revising INKE’s own scholarly communication processes. In this paper, we explore the current state of open access to academic research and ruminate on next steps, beyond open access. We consider the role of collaboration in contemporary academic practice, and the importance of transparency in regards to multiplayer work. Further, we examine the standard scholarly communication model, especially as it pertains to INKE. Finally, we make recommendations and suggest alternatives for transforming our stock scholarly communication models into open social scholarship practices.


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Author Biographies

Alyssa Arbuckle, University of Victoria

Alyssa Arbuckle is the Associate Director of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria, where she works with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). Arbuckle is also an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Victoria, studying open social scholarship and its implementation (planned completion 2019). She holds a BA Honours in English from the University of British Columbia and an MA in English from the University of Victoria, and her previous studies have centred around digital humanities, new media, and contemporary American literature. Her work has appeared in Digital Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Scholarly and Research Communication, among other venues.

John Maxwell, Simon Fraser University

Dr. John Maxwell is Associate Professor and Director of the Publishing Program at SFU, where his research is on the impact of digital technologies on book and magazine publishing. His work has focused on practical publication technologies, the evolution of scholarly monographs, and the history of computing. John directs SFU's Digital Aldine Collection and is pretty keen on the 16th century. He is old enough to remember the Web when it was brand new.


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How to Cite

Arbuckle, Alyssa, and John Maxwell. 2019. “Modelling Open Social Scholarship Within the INKE Community ”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 3 (1).

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