Many scholars work with materials beyond the traditional written papers and monographs. Faculty in fine arts departments have long worked with images, music, video, and many other forms. Today, as part of the evolution of scholarship, scholars and researchers in many disciplines are exploring the potential of new forms. These forms, even more than alternative models of traditional publishing, may challenge established practices around promotion, tenure, and evaluation of scholarship - but they may also enrich scholarship greatly.
Materials Accompanying Text Publications
Two-dimensional images have accompanied text publications for many years in most disciplines. Electronic distribution makes image illustrations much easier and more cost-effective, but also eases inclusion of audio, video, and other accompanying media. Many journal publishers have been exploring how to evaluate and include non-text, non-image scholarly materials - often online-only and open publications have pushed this envelope. Many subject-oriented and institutional repositories have also developed robust support for long-term preservation and access to non-text materials.
Other scholars have found that their work in non-traditional media stands alone. Distributed via blogs and user-generated content sites, their work pushes the boundaries of scholarship in exciting new ways.