Unlocking the digital potential of scholarly monographs in 21st century research


  • Margo Bargheer
  • Zeki Mustafa Dogan
  • Wolfram Horstmann
  • Mike Mertens
  • Andrea Rapp




Digital Humanities, scholarly publishing, digitality, Open Access


In the light of new digital production and dissemination practices, the scholarly publishing system has seen significant and also disruptive changes, especially in STM (science, technology and medicine) and with regard to the predominant format “journal article”. The digital transformation also holds true for those disciplines that continue to rely on the scholarly monograph as a publication format and means for reputation building, namely the Humanities and the Social Sciences with a qualitative approach (HSS). In our paper we analyse the reasons why the monograph has not yet reached its full potential in the digital paradigm, especially in the uptake of Open Access and innovative publishing options. We highlight some of the principal underlying factors for this, and suggest how especially practices, now more widespread in HSS but arising from the Digital Humanities, could play a role in moving forward the rich digitality of the scholarly monograph.


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Author Biographies

Margo Bargheer

State and University Library Göttingen

Zeki Mustafa Dogan

State and University Library Göttingen

Wolfram Horstmann

State and University Library Göttingen

Mike Mertens


Andrea Rapp

Technical University of Darmstadt



How to Cite

Bargheer, M., Dogan, Z. M., Horstmann, W., Mertens, M., & Rapp, A. (2017). Unlocking the digital potential of scholarly monographs in 21st century research. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 27(1), 194–211. https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10174



Review papers
Received 2021-06-24
Published 2017-09-26