New Charleston Briefings Title: The Scholarly Workflow in the Digital Age

by | Apr 14, 2021 | 0 comments


Against the Grain Media, part of the Charleston Hub, is excited to announce the publication of its latest Charleston Briefing title, The Scholarly Workflow in the Digital Age, by Steven Weiland.

“The workflow names what is done in the conduct of research reflecting its individual, institutional, technological, and social conditions,” says Weiland, a professor in the Higher Education Graduate Program at Michigan State University. “It displays the conventions that produce knowledge across the disciplines, and the innovations that enhance and challenge scholarly and scientific routines…Attention to the workflow shows how the conditions of research can be improved, productivity strengthened, and satisfaction in scholarly and scientific careers sustained.”

This new work is part of the Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals. This series consists of brief books (12,000 to 25,000 words) focused on innovation in libraries and scholarly communication. The Briefings series is open access and online e-books can be accessed at Each briefing supports librarians, publishers, entrepreneurs in information technology, vendors, and consultants with timely, readable, focused treatments of a topic that allows them to engage more effectively with new trends and innovations in the industry.

“Many of us in libraries and scholarly communication are in the business of helping scholarly authors navigate the sphere of digital research and publication as effectively as possible,” says Charleston Briefings Editor in Chief Matthew Ismail. “We often assume the answer to saving researchers time and creating a more seamless publishing process can be found in new technology. But before we ask how we can help researchers, we first need to ask: Can “the scholarly workflow” be rationalized with new technology? Or are we making assumptions about the scholarly workflow that may not accord with the reality of how researchers work? Weiland helps us approach this without reductive assumptions and to recognize that workflows are as varied as are scholars.”

Weiland’s briefing demonstrates that, while there is often a focus on how the scholarly workflow can be made more standardized and efficient, for researchers, imagination, improvisation, established habit, and serendipity will always be a central part of their workflow. Science and scholarship are human activities and the workflow in all disciplines reflects both convention and innovation as scholars discover the extent and meanings of their professional interactions with technology.

About Charleston Hub: Charleston Hub was created in 2020 to bring together the various entities associated with the Charleston Conference and Against the Grain Media into one site. The Hub’s aim is to bring together librarians, vendors and publishers to discuss areas of common interest and find relevant information. The Hub is also the gateway to the Charleston Conference, the journal Against the Grain, and a host of resources on jobs, news, and other relevant industry information, including publications, videos, and podcasts produced by Charleston Conference, Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals, and Charleston Voices.


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