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About Ecological Rewriting

Published onApr 28, 2023
About Ecological Rewriting

Ecological Rewriting: Situated Engagements with The Chernobyl Herbarium

Edited by Gabriela Méndez Cota

Published by Open Humanities Press, 2023

DOI: 10.21428/9ca7392d.07cdfb82

ISBN (print): 978-1-78542-130-3

ISBN (PDF): 978-1-78542-129-7

Copyright © 2023 The Authors and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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About this book

Ecological Rewriting: Situated Engagements with The Chernobyl Herbarium is published as part of the Combinatorial Books: Gathering Flowers Pilot Project in the context of COPIM’s Experimental Publishing and Reuse working group. More information about the making of this book can be found in our documentation blogposts collected here:

COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) was a 3.5-year project led by Coventry University as part of an international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access (OA) book publishers and infrastructure providers and was funded by The Research England Development Fund and Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. COPIM has been building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures to enable OA book publishing to flourish, delivering significant improvements in the infrastructures used by OA book publishers and those publishers transitioning to OA. The project addressed the key technological, structural, and organisational hurdles – around funding, production, dissemination, discovery, reuse, and archiving – that are standing in the way of the wider adoption and impact of OA books. COPIM has been realigning OA book publishing away from competing commercial service providers to a more horizontal and cooperative knowledge-sharing approach.

COPIM’s Experimental Publishing and Reuse Work Package (WP6) has brought together publishers, technologists, researchers, and authors to devise strategies to promote experimental book publishing and the reuse of, and engagement with, open access books. We have been examining ways to align existing open source software, tools, workflows and infrastructures for experimental publishing with the workflow of open access book publishers. To do so, we have been co-developing a set of pilot experimental academic books together with the scholar-led presses Open Humanities Press, Mattering Press, and Open Book Publishers which have been developed with the aid of these open source tools and technologies. We have also published research reports and have developed online resources for authors and publishers interested in exploring experimental forms of publication.

Este libro se elaboró en el marco del proyecto “Filosofía de la práctica editorial: acceso abierto y diversidad en perspectivas críticas” (2019-2021), financiado por la Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Departamento de Filosofía, Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma 880, Colonia Lomas de Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Ciudad de México 01219, México.



Ángela Arziniaga González (photography), Dulce Velazquez Vazquez (art in


Xóchitl Arteaga Villamil, Etelvina Bernal Méndez, Carolina Cuevas Parra, Deni Garciamoreno Becerril, Sandra Hernández Reyes, Sandra Loyola Guízar, Gabriela Méndez Cota, Yareni Monteón López, Fernanda Rodríguez González, Nidia Rosales Moreno



Gabriela Milone, Clara María Parra Triana, Hugo Herrera Pardo, Jessie Zúñiga


Simon Bowie, Gabriela Méndez Cota


Simon Bowie, Marcell Mars, Rancho Electrónico


Gabriela Méndez Cota

Peer Review

Janneke Adema, Gabriela Balcarce, Mónica Benitez, Emmanuel Biset, Maddalena Cerrato, Mary Luz Estupiñán Serrano, Joao Guimaraes, Gary Hall, Eduardo Navas, Elika Ortega, Raúl Rodríguez Freire, Pauline van Mourik Broekman

Project Management

Janneke Adema, Simon Bowie, Gary Hall, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Gabriela Méndez Cota


Janneke Adema, Simon Bowie, Gary Hall, Rebekka Kiesewetter


Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press

Series Editors

Janneke Adema, Simon Bowie, Gary Hall, Rebekka Kiesewetter

(Tech-)Support and Advising

Simon Bowie, Marcell Mars, Rancho Electrónico, Terence Smyre, Tobias Steiner

Technical Support and Editorial Assistance

Perro Tuerto (Programando Libreros), Babel (Su-versión Electrónica), Alma (Rancho Electrónico), Miguel Arrieta Villafuerte (Maestría en Filosofía IBERO), Christian Pedro Godl (Doctorado en Filosofía IBERO), Tania Valdovinos Reyes (Doctorado en Filosofía IBERO)


Ecological Rewriting is hosted by PubPub, an ‘open-source, community-led, end-to-end publishing platform for knowledge communities’ that is maintained by Knowledge Futures. We thank the PubPub team for their support in publishing this book.

The project also made use of the open source tools Hypothesis, a browser-based tool for making annotations on web pages developed by Annotation Unlimited PBC, and HedgeDoc, a web-based collaborative real-time editor developed by a team of volunteer developers, as well as using the online collaboration platform Nextcloud to share files and organise the project.


Gabriela Méndez Cota


Janneke Adema, Marta Cabrera, Carolina Cuevas, Rachel Douglas-Jones, Mariana Florian Tirado, Oscar Guarin, Gary Hall, Kat Jungnickel, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Julien McHardy, Gabriela Méndez Cota, Tobias Steiner, Simon Worthington

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