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Relevance of Academic Books

📅 June 26, 2023, 13:00 – 15:00 (BRT/UTC-3)
🌐 Language: Spanish

The role of books in open science

Open science implies new challenges for publishers of academic books, here we will discuss these challenges, how the SciELO Books platform has served as a tool for the visibility of publications; and how to generate good practices among publishers who have the book as their main medium for distributing content.


The discussion on scientific publishing is often focused on the timeliness and impact of journals: the agility of reviews and publishing of texts in a few weeks, and even their version as preprint, proved to be crucial activities for some disciplines during the pandemic; in addition to having a solid metrics, which have been consolidated over the years. Is it possible to consider the same terms when we talk about academic books? The work developed in the publishing areas dedicated to books has shown its opportunities as well as worked with its own challenges, where the role of the single author, the collections, the limitations and opportunities of collective books, the transformation of workflows, digital and on-demand distribution, and now, the challenges of open science demand reviewing books in their own parameters and highlighting their possibilities. In this scenario the importance of SciELO Books is a unique experience in our continent, but a resource less used by university publishers, unlike journals.

The panel will discuss the following topics:

What opportunities do we have? What are the scenarios for books? What are the opportunities for books in the face of open science? What opportunities and proposals can we collectively promote in Latin America so that academic book publishers can take advantage of and disseminate the benefits of open science?


13:00 – 13:10 Panel presentation (Sayri Karp) [VIDEO]

13:10 – 13:30 The experience of the Universidad del Rosario in open science (Juan Felipe Córdoba Restrepo) [VIDEO]

13:30 – 13:50 The experience of the Abya-Yala catalog in Scielo-Libros (Angel Luis Torres Toukoumidis) [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]

13:50 – 14:10 The Fiocruz collections, an opportunity for dissemination (Joao Canossa) [VIDEO]

14:10 – 14:30 Magazines, books and Open Science, a transversal view (Natalia Corbellini) [VIDEO]

14:30 – 14:40 Comment (Édgar García Valencia) and Q&A [VIDEO]


Edgar García Valencia

Edgar García Valencia

ORCID: 0000-0003-4941-1532
Editor and academic, PhD in literature from UNAM and specialist in Hispanic philology from CSIC. He was head of the publishing houses of CIESAS and the Universidad Veracruzana; he was a founding member and national coordinator of the Altexto network. He’s with the Centro de Estudios de la Cultura y la Comunicación at the Universidad Veracruzana, where he works on issues related to Novo-Hispanic culture, as well as past and present literary and publishing practices.


Sayri Karp

Sayri Karp

Director of the Publishing House of the Universidad de Guadalajara, she chairs Editoriales Universitarias de América Latina y el Caribe (EULAC). In 2018, she received the Rubén Bonifaz Nuño University Editor Award from UNAM in the framework of the International University Book Fair (Filuni).

João Canossa

João Canossa

Since 1996, executive editor of Editora Fiocruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Master in Public Health from the National School of Public Health/Fiocruz. Specializations in Communication and Health and in the technical-scientific, academic publishing segment.

He has a degree in Social Communication, with a major in Journalism, from the Faculdade de Comunicação e Turismo Hélio Alonso.

He was president of the Associação Brasileira das Editoras Universitárias - ABEU (2013-2015 management) and also vice president for the Atlantic Region of the Associação de Editoras Universitárias da América Latina e Caribe - EULAC (2014-2015, 2009-2011 and 2007-2009).

He is currently the Director of Communication at ABEU.

Juan Felipe Córdoba Restrepo

Juan Felipe Córdoba Restrepo

ORCID: 0000-0001-9024-9309
Historian, professor and editor, editorial director of the Universidad del Rosario. He was president of the Asociación de Editoriales Universitarias de Colombia (ASEUC) and of the Asociación de Editoriales Universitarias de América Latina y el Caribe (EULAC), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the conferred the Reconocimiento al Editor Universitario "Rubén Bonifaz Nuño" 2019.

Angel Luis Torres Toukoumidi

Angel Luis Torres Toukoumidi

https://odecrih.ups.edu.ec-, Editor in chief of the Universitas-XXIjournal. General Editor of the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana. Professor of Communication at the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Ecuador. Author of more than 150 publications, including scientific articles, books and conferences.

Natalia Corbellini

Natalia Corbellini

Professor and Director of Scientific Journals of the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences, National University of La Plata, and expert in digital humanities with a degree from the UNED.

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