14 Jul 2017 by Marco Atzori

Academic publishing and digital: future is now

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Publishing is a fact of life for professors and academic researchers. It used to be that the main routes to getting work published were peer-reviewed academic journals or book publishing with an academic publisher.

 

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Now, there are many places to share your content, from pre-print servers in many different fields to uploading your own blog, to even being able to self-publish important content for various types of distribution.

As a unique thinker, you want your intellectual content to be shared and used, but it would also be quite nice to earn a bit of money from your work. Here is where new tools for digital publishing can increase the circulation of your ideas and can bring you some direct income. Academic publishing on the internet in a completely professional, appealing format is pretty easy with the new tools available.

Papers and Research Content

Depending on when you went to university, you might remember printing your essays out on a dot matrix printer, or even typing your papers on a typewriter. Putting in special symbols or graphs might have required you to hand draw the illustrations and tables for your graduate papers. Wow, those days are long behind us now.

What a difference a few decades make! Now it is possible to publish your papers and studies with fancy graphics, images, videos, and even interactive content. Online publishing for academics means that the whole range of design and delivery tools are available. Showing your particular subject in the most engaging format will increase understanding and enjoyment for your peers.

The same tools used by designers of mobile apps, magazines, and other high-end entertainment apps are now quite accessible for your more sophisticated, specialty content. Publishing programs now integrate many of the design tools into the app, meaning that you don’t even need to know HTML. You can import content in the form of HPUB, PDF, .folio files, and many other formats.

Helping students access your work

Digital academic publishing means that you can also take your course content and turn it into a mobile-friendly app. Your students can access their assignments, class notes, and interactive content not only while they are consciously studying, but any time they have a couple of minutes to refresh their memories on their smartphones. Wouldn’t it be better that they use their spare time learning than reading trashy celebrity news? Students will love being able to have an app for your class, and it will increase their interaction with the subject naturally, as well as decrease the number of excuses for not studying.

You can now definitely throw away the Xerox machine and stop killing so many trees when you are creating your class material. Plus, you can forget about trying to use the ever-buggy and often cumbersome learning platforms. Affordable tools like Mag+, GTxcel, Paperlit, and Tumult’s Hype are the future.

When you turn your course content into an app, you can make it available to your students and to interested people the world over by offering it in the app stores for a fee. You can spread your content in an engaging, professional manner, involving learners in an interactive, responsive format, and you can make some extra income from this. 

Academic Publishing in the Mobile Age

It’s clear that research, learning, and in-depth content are not going away. We will always need deep thinkers to create, discover, and synthesize new ideas that move our society forward. What is changing is how the rest of the world can interact with scholarship. In today’s fast-paced world, quiet contemplation, quality research, and intelligent writing are still needed. But to keep people’s eyes and minds on your ideas, publishing your academic content in new and engaging ways will give you the broadest possible reach with your important work, and it could even make you some money.

 

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Marco Atzori

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