I am happy to announce that you’ll find “Peer Review Personas” in the new issue (17.3) of the open access venue, Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP). This article shares research that Jentery and I conducted throughout the 2013-14 academic year, for the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) and Modernist Versions Project (MVP) projects, across both the Maker Lab and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at UVic.
Below’s the abstract for the article, which you can read in its entirety here. It is part of a special JEP issue on “Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value: Alternative and Otherwise.” We would like to thank INKE and the MVP for their support while conducting this research and writing the essay. Thanks, too, to Maria Bonn and Jonathan McGlone at JEP for their feedback and support during the revision process.
Arguing for the relevance of speculative prototyping to the development of any technology, this essay presents a “Peer Review Personas” prototype intended primarily for authoring and publication platforms. It walks audiences through various aspects of the prototype while also conjecturing about its cultural and social implications. Rather than situating digital scholarly communication and digital technologies in opposition to legacy procedures for review and publication, the prototype attempts to meaningfully integrate those procedures into networked environments, affording practitioners a range of choices and applications. The essay concludes with a series of considerations for further developing the prototype.