Article

Taste and/or big data?: post-digital editorial selection

Citation

Squires C (2017) Taste and/or big data?: post-digital editorial selection. Critical Quarterly, 59 (3), pp. 24-38. https://doi.org/10.1111/criq.12361

Abstract
Trade publishing has been transformed by the interventions of digital technologies in workflow, products, sales, marketing and distribution, placing the twenty-first century industry in a post-digital age. Editorial commissioning, however, remains a largely traditional process, in which the individual editor’s taste, judgement, and gut instinct combines with company behaviour and market environment in selection processes. Drawing on analyses of publishing’s gatekeeping processes, and a dataset of interviews with UK commissioning editors, the article argues that while, for the main, editorial selection does not currently incorporate big data and algorithmic processes, its reasons for so doing might reside in the need to retain the human within publishing processes, and an evasion of the ‘machine imitating human’.

Keywords
publishing; commissioning; editorial selection; taste; gatekeeping; big data; post-digital; editors

Journal
Critical Quarterly: Volume 59, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Publication date31/10/2017
Publication date online26/10/2017
Date accepted by journal27/06/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25816
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0011-1562