This chapter describes questions that are central to the work of the academy, yet heretofore largely undiscussed: how do scholars perceive the current status of academic publishing, and in what ways do these perceptions affect what is produced and “counts” as academic writing? While, in the past 30 years, there have been increasing venues for and institutional acceptance of open-access and multimodal forms of scholarship, to say that these emerging modes are on par with traditional print publications elides multiple strata of consciousness and history. As such, the evolution of academic publication should be of concern to writers in all academic disciplines. Writing center studies ultimately functions as a microcosm of many of the larger issues at play in the contemporary academic publishing landscape.
KeywordsOpen-access Multimodality Writing center studies Empirical research Academic publishing
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