Dr Xiang Ren

Profile photo of Xiang RenDr Xiang Ren is a researcher and experienced publisher, working on the digital and open transformation of publishing and knowledge systems. He joined ICS in 2017 and currently holds a position of Academic Course Advisor of Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and Research Fellow in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University, where he researches and teaches on various aspects of Chinese media and culture. His research interests include: Chinese digital publishing and writing, open access, creative industries, and media globalisation. He has published widely on relevant topics. Dr Ren completed his PhD in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at Queensland University of Technology, receiving the University's outstanding doctoral thesis award. This was followed by a research fellowship in the Australian Digital Futures Institute where he conducted conceptual and design-based research on open publishing and open scholarship. He is an active advocate of open access and digital publishing innovation and has led and participated in many research and innovation projects in these fields in Australia and China. Prior to his academic career, he spent more than a decade working in the Chinese publishing and media industries as senior editor and sales director. He is also a published fiction author in Chinese.


PhD, 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

MA, 2005, University of Westminster, the UK

MBA, 2004, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

BEng, 1996, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Honours and Awards

2013: Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

2005: Master with Distinction in Communication, University of Westminster

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Selected Publications


Ren, X & Montgomery, L (forthcoming, 2018), Open knowledge and digital China: open access, networked technologies, and the transitions of publishing and scholarship, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Book Chapters

Ren, X 2017, 'Electronic schoolbag and mobile learning in China: design principles and educational innovations', in A Murphy, H Farley, LE Dyson & H Jones (eds), Mobile learning in higher education in the Asia-Pacific region: harnessing trends and challenging orthodoxies, Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 69-87.

Ren, X 2016, 'Disruptive innovation in the Chinese eBook industry' (opens in a new window), in C Haug & V Kaufmann (eds), Kodex 2016: transforming book culture in China, 1600-2014, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, pp. 249-264.

Ren, X 2016, 'Between sustaining and disruptive innovation: China's digital publishing industry in the age of mobile Internet' (opens in a new window), in M Keane (ed.), Handbook of cultural and creative industries in China, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 377-395.

Ren, X 2016, 'Quality assessment and certification in open scholarly publishing and inspiration for MOOC credentialing' (opens in a new window), in S Reushle, A Antonio & M Keppell (eds), Open learning and formal credentialing in higher education: curriculum models and institutional policies, IGI Global, Hershey, pp. 245-262.

Montgomery, L & Ren, X (2015), 'The changing role of copyright in China's emergent media economy' (opens in a new window), in GD Rawnsley & MT Rawnsley (eds), Routledge handbook of Chinese media, Routledge, London, pp. 315-329.

Journal Articles

Ren, X 2016, 'Copyright, media and modernization in China: a historical review, 1890 to 2015' (opens in a new window), Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 311–326.

Ren, X 2015, 'The quandary between communication and certification: individual academics' views on open access and open scholarship' (opens in a new window), Online Information Review, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 682-697.

Ren, X & Montgomery, L 2015, 'Open access and soft power: Chinese voices in international scholarship' (opens in a new window), Media, Culture and Society, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 394-408.

Ren, X 2014, 'Creative users, social networking, and new models of publishing' (opens in a new window), Cultural Science, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 58-67.

Ren, X 2013, 'Beyond online preprints: formalization of open initiatives in China' (opens in a new window), Learned Publishing, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 197-205.

Ren, X & Montgomery, L 2012, 'Chinese online literature: creative consumers and evolving business models' (opens in a new window), Arts Marketing: An International Journal, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 118-130.

Refereed Conference Papers

Ren, X 2015, 'Open and interactive publishing as a catalyst for educational innovations' (opens in a new window), in T Reiners, BR von Konsky, D Gibson, V Chang, L Irving, & K Clarke (eds), Globally connected, digitally enabled. ascilite2015 Conference Proceedings, Curtin University, Perth, pp. 236-245.

Ren, X 2013, 'Beyond open access: open publishing and the future of digital scholarship' (opens in a new window), in H Carter, M Gosper & J Hedberg (eds), Electric dreams, ascilite2013 Conference Proceedings, Macquarie University, Sydney, pp. 745-750.

Selected Foreign Language Journal Articles

Ren, X 2017, 'Competition and collaboration between commercial publishing and open knowledge: a review of scientific publishing in 2016' (opens in a new window), Science Technology and Publication, no. 2, pp. 4-9.

Ren, X 2016, 'Digital scholarly communication and publishing transformation: academic book publishing in 2015', Science Technology and Publication, no. 2, pp 4-8.

Ren, X 2015, 'Publishing + internet": media convergence and business innovations of international publishing groups' (opens in a new window), Science Technology and Publication, no. 10, pp 4-9.

Ren, X 2015, 'Open transformation of academic publishing: a review of open access developments in the west in 2014' (opens in a new window), Science Technology and Publication, no. 2, pp 9-14.

Ren, X 2014, 'Crowdfunding and new models of publishing: the development of crowdfunding publishing in the US and EU' (opens in a new window), Science Technology and Publication, no.5, pp 4-7.

Ren, X 2013, 'Can open access save monograph publishing?' (opens in a new window), View on Publishing, no.23, pp 20-22.

Ren, X 2012, 'Business innovation of digital publishing in the context of mobile internet' (opens in a new window), View on Publishing, no. 2, pp 72-75.

Ren, X 2012, 'Digital content ecosystem and disruptive innovations in the publishing industry' (opens in a new window), View on Publishing, no.11, pp. 17-20.

Selected Conference Papers and Talks

Ren, X 2017, 'The Film and TV Adaptations of Chinese Online Literature: Big IP, Transmedia, and Platform Capitalism', International Conference of Collaboration and Competition in the Cultural and Creative Industries, Shanghai, China.

Ren, X 2017, 'Open Knowledge and Digital China: Open Access, Networked Technologies and the Transformation of Publishing and Scholarship', Western Sydney University.

Ren, X 2016, 'Open Knowledge Developments and Digital Regional Futures: Benefits, Challenges, and Initiatives' (opens in a new window), the 3rd RUN Regional Futures Conference, Rockhampton, Australia.

Montgomery, L & Ren, X 2015, 'Open Access Scholarship and China's Soft Power', the 9th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9), Adelaide, Australia.

Keppell. M. & Ren, X 2015, 'Workshop on Design Options for Open Education with Formal Credentialing' (opens in a new window), Open Education Global Conference, Banff, Canada.

Ren, X 2014, 'Reconsidering the Role of Open Access in Widening Public Access to Research', the 1st Digital Rural Futures Conference, Toowoomba, Australia.

Ren, X 2014, 'New Models of Publishing' (opens in a new window), ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovations (CCI) Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.

Ren, X 2013, 'Open Access Developments in China', International Conference of Open Access and Research, Brisbane, Australia.

Selected Media Presences

Wang, K 2016, 'OA journals and China's Article Processing Charges' (opens in a new window), Phoenix News Weekly, (570).

Ren, X 2013, 'A review of China's digital publishing transition from global perspectives', China Publishing & Media Journal.

Ren, X 2011, 'The bankruptcy of bookstores worldwide: crisis or transformation' (opens in a new window), China Press and Publishing Journal, 11 August 2011.


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