Shakespeare Quarterly Open Review

It’s perhaps a tiny bit ironic to be launching this particular new MediaCommons Press project on the Ides of March, but nonetheless: we here at MediaCommons are thrilled to unveil the open review experiment being conducted here on behalf of Shakespeare Quarterly, in conjunction with the journal’s forthcoming special issue, “Shakespeare and New Media.” Special issue guest editor Katherine Rowe has brought together four fantastic articles plus three review essays, each considering the impact of media change on Shakespeare studies.

Please visit the site, read the articles, and leave your feedback for the authors. We very much look forward to your participation.


Welcome to MediaCommons Press, an in-development feature of MediaCommons, promoting the digital publication of texts in the field of media studies, ranging from article- to monograph-length.

Our most recent project is the crowd review of a special issue of postmedieval on Comic Medievalisms. We have also recently hosted the peer-to-peer reviews of “Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories” and “Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries,” as well as open review of Jason Mittell’s book-in-progress, Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Narrative and Aram Sinnreich’s The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry’s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties.

Previous projects include an open discussion of the Association of American University Press’s report, “Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses”, as well as an open review of articles for potential inclusion in Shakespeare Quarterly‘s special issue on performance, the open review of the essays proposed for the collection Learning Through Digital Media, a discussion of chapter 6 from Thomas Streeter’s book, The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet, the open review conducted for Shakespeare Quarterly special issue on Shakespeare and new media, Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, “MediaCommons: Scholarly Publishing in the Age of the Internet” and “CommentPress: New (Social) Structures for New (Networked) Texts.”

Do you have a conference paper, an article, or a longer manuscript that you’d like feedback on? We’re looking for more projects for our public review system. Contact us via email at editors AT mediacommons DOT futureofthebook DOT org.

Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

We’re happy today to unveil both MediaCommons Press and Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. This book-in-progress focuses on the social and institutional changes that will be required within colleges and universities in the U.S. in order for digital scholarly publishing to become a viable reality.

The manuscript is here published in full, in an commentable format designed to promote a new open mode of peer review. We very much want your feedback, both on the process and on the manuscript itself. Please join the conversation, and spread the word.

CommentPress: New (Social) Structures for New (Networked) Texts

Originally published as a draft in July 2007, and then revised and republished on MediaCommons in October 2007 (and simultaneously published in the Journal of Electronic Publishing), “CommentPress: New (Social) Structures for New (Networked) Texts” explores the ways that new networked publishing structures might help us imagine new ways of publishing — and doing — scholarship.

MediaCommons: Scholarly Publishing in the Age of the Internet

Originally published in March 2007, “MediaCommons: Scholarly Publishing in the Age of the Internet” laid the groundwork for the MediaCommons project.