Scale, Openness and Trust: New Avenues for Electronic Publishing in the Age of Infinite Collections and Citizen Science

Proceedings will be published open access by IOS Press. Selected papers will be published in a special edition of the journal Information Services & Use. 


The International Conference on Electronic Publishing (Elpub) approaches its 20th anniversary. Elpub 2015 is the 19th edition of the conference and it will continue the tradition, bringing together academics, publishers, lecturers, librarians, developers, entrepreneurs, users and all other stakeholders interested in issues regarding electronic publishing in widely differing contexts. 

Elpub 2015 will in particular focus on the interplay of two dimensions of electronic publishing – the ever growing volume of digital collections, and the improved understanding of the widest user group: that of citizens. This exciting theme will encompass human, cultural, economic, social, technological, legal, commercial and other relevant aspects.

We aim to provide a forum for discussing how scale of collections, openness and trust change the way citizens contribute to modern research.

We invite contributions from members of communities whose research and experiments are transforming the nature of electronic publishing and scholarly communication.

Topics include but are not restricted to:

Avenues for engagement with digital collections

  • User engagement (strategies and trends, incentives, models for participatory projects/experiments, data quality and management, open science) 
  • Methods for crowd-sourcing contributions (demonstrations, platforms, open annotation, games)
  • Disciplinary views on public participation in the digitization of collections (e.g. biodiversity, geography, history, music, art, astronomy, languages) 
  • Enhanced research infrastructures and publishing environments (digital humanities, tools, workflows, interoperability, digital editions)
  • Ethical and legal issues (authority, reliability, trust, copyright, authorship, privacy)

Publishing, access and reuse 

  • Publishing models (business and funding models, tools, services and roles) 
  • Open access (publishing solutions, mandates and compliance, licenses, recommendations, disciplinary initiatives)
  • New publishing paradigm (data publishing and citation, open pre/post  publication peer review, executable papers, nano-publications)
  • Good practices and quality standards (authorship and contributor roles, cost transparency, management and monitoring of publication costs, new metrics for credit and attribution, reproducible research) 
  • Interoperability (metadata, identifier, vocabularies, repository integration, scalability, middleware infrastructure) 
  • Legal and ethical issues (security, privacy and copyright issues) 
  • Digital preservation (cultural heritage, content authentication, certification)

Data mining and knowledge discovery

  • Text and data mining (natural language processing, text harvesting, dynamic formatting)
  • Open Data, Open Linked Data (solutions, methods, tools, open data challenges)
  • Association mining (knowledge linking, discovery, presentation)
  • Visualization (clustering, graphs, knowledge maps, augmented reality)
  • Legal issues (copyright, database rights, licensing, etc.)

Online social networks for scientific communication

  • User behavior and personalization technologies (user studies, social tagging, recommendation services)
  • Social interaction analysis (author collaboration trends, publication trends)
  • Network analysis (modelling and visualization of science networks)
  • Bibliometrics and Altmetrics (data appraisal, citation and attribution
  • Security, privacy and integrity (online ethics, privacy policies)

Contributions are invited for the following categories:

  • Full papers (manuscript up to 10 pages)
  • Short papers (manuscript up to 6 pages)
  • Posters (abstract min. of 500 and max. of 1,000 words; manuscript up to 3 pages)
  • Tutorials (abstract min. of 500 and max. of 1,000 words; manuscript up to 3 pages)
  • Workshops (abstract min. of 500 and max. of 1,000 words; manuscript up to 3 pages)
  • Demonstrations (abstract min. of 500 and max. of 1,000 words; manuscript up to 3 pages)