This toolkit is a practical guide to help you when taking decisions about disseminating your research on the web. The toolkit is written in the context of open access (OA) self-archiving of research outputs by authors, alongside traditional publication in refereed journals and other academic publications. The focus is on open access institutional repositories established by universities worldwide. There is also relevance in the context of subject repositories. The full result of the VERSIONS Project survey are available on the project website (see published item link).
In response to Patrick Dunleavy’s posts on the future of e-publishing in academia, David Gauntlett writes on his experiences of publishing ebooks, and how Kindle self-publishing could be an approach which gets books to readers at a far more affordable price, as well as being surprisingly better for authors too.
Dom Watt is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York. He teaches on the world’s first and only MSc programme in the subject, and has research interests in language variation and change, and sociophonetics. Here he discusses the books that inspired his early interest in the interaction of society and language.
"The Lives of the Novel: A History." Thomas G. Pavel. Princeton University Press. September 2013. --- This book is a history of the novel from ancient Greece to the vibrant world of contemporary fiction. Thomas Pavel argues that the driving force behind the novel’s evolution has been a rivalry between stories that idealize human behavior and those that ridicule and condemn it. Impelled by this conflict, the novel moved from depicting strong souls to sensitive hearts and, finally, to enigmatic psyches. Pavel makes his case by analyzing more than a hundred novels from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and beyond. Sophie Franklin writes that this text presents a cohesive lineage that moves effortlessly from one point to another.
Building on the principles of the digital storytelling movement, this article asks whether the narrative exchange within the ‘storycircles’ of storymakers created in face-to-face workshops can be further replicated by drawing on digital infrastructure in specific ways. It addresses this question by reporting on the successes and limitations of a five-stream project of funded action research with partners in north-west England that explored the contribution of digital infrastructure to processes of narrative exchange and the wider processes of mutual recognition that flow from narrative exchange. Three main dimensions of a digital storycircle are explored: multiplications, spatializations (or the building of narratives around sets of individual narratives), and habits of mutual recognition. Limitations relate to the factors of time, and levels of digital development and basic digital access.
Child vs Book explores the way in which children begin to make meaning from the symbols on the page in front of them, in the context of their environment. Bobby, Sajid and Ismaael are pupils at Poplar’s Woolmore Primary School.
(Winner of the LSE Research Festival 2014 Film prize)