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Principles of Online Publication
online publishing
Library of Social Science will soon be working with a number of authors who will contribute essays for our Newsletter on a regular basis.

Articles for online publication are not the same as those written for journals. During the past three years (with the assistance of Professors in political science, modern history, literature, and philosophy), we’ve been researching this burgeoning field. Below is a synthesis of our findings—the basic principles of online publication.

Current Thinking, Online Publication

  • Scholarship is part of the flux of reality, not separate from reality: participates in the fluidity of reality.
  • Internet writing does not allow for knowledge of an ending. Like real life, nothing is final: everything is in flux. Not unlike normal scholarship, but things evolve more quickly. Writing = transformation of consciousness.
  • Granularity: smaller bits or bites of information: Say a little at a time in order to alter consciousness. Ongoing flow of information: real life.
  • Platform: visibility: being heard.
  • Iteration: successive refinement or understanding.
  • Creating an online experience: excitement.
  • Curation: selectivity: filtering the information. Choosing the best.
  • Library of Social Science is creates attention for its authors: bringing their findings to a large, world-wide audience.
  • Internet = immediacy.
  • While printed materials have a certain fixity, texts published via the Internet have a much more fluid character.
  • It’s an attention economy. Without attention (on the web, or anywhere), one is nothing: creating an audience for an author’s work is the first step—before anything else can happen.
  • LSS is creating a discourse community: a research institute: “tribe”—consisting of the finest scholars.
  • Real life = real time = impacting reality. Not just an accumulation of publications for a resume. Producing psychic change and development in authors and readers.
  • The objective of publication is to be read—in order to transform consciousness.
  • Ideas need to be re-iterated.
  • Short bites: a series of messages. Bring people from one psychic place to another.