Each year scholars based in Asia publish thousands of monographs and articles on the region. Much of this material is in Asian languages but a growing number of book and journals are in English. Most publications are available in digital form and a significant proportion are open access. This material is a major resource for scholars working on the region, but it is underutilized. The sheer volume of information is one problem: East and Southeast Asia produce around 40,000 academic journals, and the region has some 300 university presses. A second issue is insufficient finding aids to help scholars identify publications relevant for their research.
This roundtable will discuss scholarly communication within Asia and between Asia and North America. Participants include academic publishers, editors and librarians with extensive experience working with Asian publications.