Call for Chapters: Digital Humanities and Scholarly Research Trends in the Asia-Pacific


Rebekah Wong (Digital & Multimedia Services Librarian, Hong Kong Baptist University Library, HK)

Haipeng Li (University Librarian, UC Merced Library, USA)

Min Chou, EdD (Web Coordinator/Associate Professor, New Jersey City University Library, USA)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017
Full Chapters Due: May 15, 2018
Submission Date: August 31, 2018


Digital Humanities (DH) is a dynamic and emerging field that aspires to enhance traditional research and scholarship through digital media. DH first came on the scene as “humanities computing” in 1949, when Father Roberto Busa and IBM formed a partnership to develop an electronically-compiled St. Thomas of Aquinas concordance. In the mid-1970s, DH started gaining traction in the United Kingdom and then spread to Europe and the United States. DH has developed into a global movement over the past decade, and has evolved in more complex directions. Now, digital scholarship is not restricted to humanities scholarship or limited to one field. It is multidisciplinary and a highly collaborative area. It draws contributors from many backgrounds, but is still situated upon a solid academic base.


Although academia around the globe is witnessing the widespread adoption of Digital Humanities, only a small portion of the literature discusses its development in the Asia Pacific. A recent authorship study conducted by the editor shows that only 11.6 and 2.96 percent of authors or co-authors published in the five most well-known DH journals were based in Asia and Oceania respectively (Wong, 2016).

There is no doubt that Europe and the United States have maintained their preeminence in Digital Humanities, but DH development in the Asia Pacific has also made important and rapid progress. These advances have caught both the attention of academics and governmental agencies, and have fostered dynamic discussions in the region, leading to vast numbers of valuable, and often region-specific, digital initiatives facilitating academic exchange and preserving cultural heritage.

The proposed book will hopefully provide a platform for libraries and government agencies in the Asia Pacific to share an overview of DH development in their nations or share individual success stories. Article submissions should capture the latest DH landscape in their nations or cities as efforts continually adapt to changing research needs and trends. These changes bring additional challenges, including the need for new skill sets and sometimes new professionals in the library; maintaining DH momentum in libraries and research communities; increasing international collaboration; ongoing maintenance and promotion of developed digital projects; and deploying/redeploying resources to support DH research. Articles that provide environmental scanning, region-wide survey results, and impact assessments are particularly welcome. Single case studies and best practices are also invited.

Wong, S. H. R. (2016)., “Digital Humanities: What Can Libraries Offer? portal: Libraries and the Academy 16, 4 (2016): 669-90.

Target Audience

This publication will fill a gap in the literature by presenting readers with information about the latest DH development in the Asia Pacific. Nowadays, DH often calls for international collaboration, sometimes even across continents. The book would be beneficial to all readers who are interested in DH and want to gain a better understanding of the status of it in this part of the world.

Recommended Topics

• National/region-wide overview of DH development
• Enviornmental scanning
• Single case studies
• Best practices
• New skillsets
• Staff management model for DH
• Maintaining/enhancing momentum
• International collaborations
• Ongoing maintenance
• Project promotion
• Resources allocation
• Impact assessments

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 15, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by January 15, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 15, 2018, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

December 15, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
January 15, 2018: Notification of Acceptance
March 15, 2018: Full Chapter Submission
May 31, 2018: Review Results Returned
July 31, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification
August 31, 2018: Final Chapter Submission


Rebekah Wong
Digital & Multimedia Services Librarian, Hong Kong Baptist University Library, HK

Haipeng Li
University Librarian, UC Merced Library, USA

Min Chou, EdD
Web Coordinator/Associate Professor, New Jersey City University Library, USA