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Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Digital Scholarship: Recognizing New Practices in Academia

  • Cristina CostaAffiliated withUniversity of Strathclyde Email author 
  • , Mark MurphyAffiliated withUniversity of Glasgow


Digital scholarship Recognition Academy Web Bourdieu Honneth


More often than not, novelty is met with suspicion. The status of “newness” is very rarely given a particularly high value not only because of the unfamiliarity it carries but also because of the threat it poses to established norms. Digital technologies in the context of a global knowledge society may no longer be news, but the transformation of scholarly practices with the support of the web still is.

Digital scholarship practices encompass a wide range of knowledge activities and approaches online which ultimately encourage practices that diverge from established academic norms. More precisely, through the affordances provided by the web, agents are slowly challenging the canons of knowledge production and distribution with practices of open content, self-publication, and public discussion. Although the adoption of digital scholarship practices by academics is increasing, its acknowledgment as a legitimate academic contribution is still minimal.

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