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Publish a (printed) Book

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Activity Definition(s)

A core scholarly pursuit involves publishing a book. A scholar develops content that is creatively generated, organized, edited, and/or assembled into a coherent "whole" - in the form of a manuscript. This manuscript is then generally reviewed by publishers for quality and appropriateness to an audience. If a publisher agrees to publish the manuscript, a book is created by a publishing company (which many times may be an academic press). Once the book is published it is made available to the broader community. Communication about the existence of the new book often is driven by the publishing company in order to spur sales and encourage dissemination. This is a traditional method for publishing a book.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

  • A history faculty member studying women's issues conducts research on a topic of interest and generates a scholarly manuscript. The faculty member submits this manuscript to editors at a university press, who after a positive initial review forward the manuscript to outside reviewers who then recommend that the press accept the work (with or without further modification) for publication. After all required modifications have been made and satisfied all reviewers, and all final galleys proofed, the work is published and made available on the academic press's web site and via other sales and distribution avenues.

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    While the outcome of publishing a printed book is a physical object that can be distributed to bookshops and booksellers for sale, some of the activities involved may be digital and require shared ICT services. Increasingly the book is created and printed electronically, For instance.

    • Create/update electronic version of book.
    • Store electronic version locally.
    • Clear rights for images and other used artefacts.
    • Deposit exposure draft with publisher for review.
    • Track review process
    • Send/receive messages about the publication process.
    • Deposit significant versions stored locally in trusted repository
    • Report research output to institution


    • Review electronic version
    • Send/receive messages about the publication process.
    • Generate ISBN
    • Transform electronic version to appropriately marked up form.
    • Consign final electronic version for printing.
    • Create/store metadata about the book (work, expression, manifestation)
    • Deposit final electronic version and/or metadata in deposit library - increasingly important for keyword searching even if access is controlled while the book is in print.

    A lot of publishers still prefer to edit using printed versions but someone needs to apply the edits to the electronic version. Some scholars and editors may do all the editing in online versions and possibly in a collaborative way.

    As a further step, the publisher might simultaneously publish in print and electronic form.