What if academic publishing worked like fan publishing? Imagining the Fantasy Research Archive of Our Own


  • Nele Noppe KU Leuven Libraries Artes https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7242-4310
  • Ludi Price Centre for Library & Information Science, City, University of London
  • Kimberley Chiu National Library Board of Singapore
  • J. Nicole Miller University of Maryland, College Park
  • Erika Ningxin Wang King’s College London
  • Serena M. Vaswani Ateneo de Manila University
  • Sarah Kate Merry Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University
  • D. E. Pollock Simmons University
  • Suzanne R. Black University of Edinburgh
  • Rhiannon Hartwell
  • Naomi Jacobs ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University
  • Paul Anthony Thomas University of Kansas
  • Argyrios Emmanouloudis University of Amsterdam
  • Erica Hellman New York University
  • Amy Spitz College of Southern Maryland




AO3, Open scholarship, Open science, Platforms


Researchers, universities, and academic libraries develop a range of tools and platforms to make scholarship more accessible. What could these scholarly communications and open access projects learn from examples set by fandom and fan activists, for example, the fan works platform Archive of Our Own (AO3)? This conceptual paper, the result of a brainstorming session by scholars and librarians, proposes that a Fantasy Research Archive of Our Own should excel at making scholarly knowledge production into a visibly, enthusiastically collective endeavor that recognizes many kinds of contributions beyond the publication of traditional research papers.