Digital transformation is the word of the year. Scholarly publishers have been changing, reinventing themselves before our eyes. How we create and consume information has changed along the way. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Digital Transformation Requires Cultural Evolution.”

Many of these changes are motivated by the pace of digital disruptions in our globally networked information economy. The challenges of technological disruptions and demands for publishing innovations is not new. That has been ongoing for decades and a common misconception is that a digital publishing overhaul requires high-tech skills and fresh talent from outside the industry.

The publishing processes built up over generations around print distribution served specific purposes and ensured decades of reliable profits and stable success. However, many of these organizational structures and workflows do not translate to the digital world. The magnitude of such digital transformations is a matter of ambition.

Digital innovations are more of a human science than computer science.

Melody K. Smith

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