September 09, 2006

CALL | The politics of publishing

A special issue of Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture

Southern Review is publishing a special Issue on the politics of publishing in July 2007

We are calling for papers which aim to provide perspectives on the current and longer-term politics of publishing, connecting this industry and cultural technology to either arenas of legislative politics/public policy, to governance of social organizations and the institutions they constitute, or to broader negotiations of power. We welcome papers that describe and analyse significant contemporary publishing matters in terms of their cultural, economic, historical and social dimensions. We encourage proposals for papers concerned with:

* New publishing models
* Peer review and alternative editorial models
* Intellectual property matters, regulation and industry-government relations
* Technological and organisational innovation
* Readerships-measurement and other considerations
* Publishing and a ‘creative economy’
* Comparative studies of publishing in different cultural, social and policy contexts
* Academic and/or non-academic publishing

Editors: Cathy Greenfield, Noel King

Further Information
1. The deadline for abstracts is 8 December 2006. Email your abstract to either or
2. The deadline for submitted articles is 16 March 2007.
3. Recommended maximum length of articles is 7000 words.

Please follow the style guide, available from:

Manuscripts are evaluated by the editorial committee and external referees.

Southern Review is a fully refereed interdisciplinary journal published three times a year in hard copy format and online through Informit Library by the School of Applied Communications at RMIT University. Southern Review's focus on the connections between communication and politics contributes to a distinctive and under-served publishing space in the humanities and social sciences. Established in 1963, Southern Review is interested in communication and cultural technologies-their histories, producers and audiences, policies and texts. It welcomes articles that connect these areas either to arenas of legislative or parliamentary politics, to governance of social organizations and the institutions they constitute, or to broader negotiations of power.


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