The Great Science Publishing Scandal

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 yesterday called The Great Science Publishing Scandal. It is now available on the interwebs here, which is how I listened to it this morning …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 May]

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The proportion of co-authored research articles has risen markedly in recent decades

Posted in Research on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“The proportion of multi-authored papers in the social sciences has risen steadily over recent decades. But what are the reasons behind such a marked increase? Lukas Kuld and John O’Hagan consider a number of explanations, from increased academic specialisation and more affordable communication and travel, to the pressures of publication and an inclination among authors to spread the risks of research assessment across a number of articles …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 4 April]

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It’s time to stand up to the academic publishing industry

Posted in Research on February 27th, 2018 by steve

“Academia is unique in that professionals with highly specialized expertise, who are paid by public institutions, write articles and provide peer reviews to corporations who profit greatly without giving back to the research enterprise. In any other industry, such experts would charge up to $1,500/hour for their services; in academia, this expertise is given away to for-profit companies …” (more)

[Adriane Macdonald and Nicole Eva, University Affairs, 26 February]

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Rage against the academic publishing machine does not have to be futile

Posted in Research on December 21st, 2017 by steve

“The ‘unstoppable machine’. That is how Yiannis Gabriel, one of the UK’s leading social thinkers, labelled the academic-publishing complex in a recent piece for Times Higher Education (‘We must rescue social science research from obscurity’, Opinion, August 10). His ire was directed, in particular, at social science research, which he sees as falling into aimless, bloated obscurity, its only purpose being to provide career tokens to academics, ranking tokens to institutions and vast profits to publishers …” (more)

[Mike Marinetto, Times Higher Education, 21 December]

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The Fallacy of Open-Access Publication

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2017 by steve

International“Information is more accessible than ever. If you are curious about the cast of a TV show from 1975, or lyrics to your favorite ‘80s pop song, you’ll be satisfied in seconds. Yet if you want to read scientific research articles, you are likely to come up empty-handed. And that ‘open access’ model that was supposed to offer a solution? It’s created new problems …” (more)

[Andrew V Suarez and Terry McGlynn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 November]

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Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the $25.2bn a Year Academic Publishing Business

Posted in Research on January 5th, 2016 by steve

USA“Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled ‘The internet’s first victim’, journalist John Hayes highlights the technological imperative coming toward the academic publisher’s profit margin …” (more)

[Jason Schmitt, SAS Confidential, 4 January]

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Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the $25.2bn a Year Academic Publishing Business

Posted in Research on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

USA“Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled ‘The internet’s first victim’, journalist John Hayes highlights the technological imperative coming toward the academic publisher’s profit margin with the growing internet culture …” (more)

[Jason Schmitt, Medium, 22 December]

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What is the future of the academic book?

Posted in Research on November 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“A new collection brings together the perspectives of academics, publishers, librarians and booksellers to chart likely directions for the academic book. It arose out of a partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 12 November]

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How Does the University Press Remain Relevant?

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2015 by steve

USA“My attendance at AAUP this year was cut short because of a family obligation back home, but in the time I was there, I got to talk to a number of people, all laboring conscientiously for their respective organizations and all of whom believe that their work is important, financial constraints notwithstanding …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 June]

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The Half-life of Print

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2015 by steve

USA“One of the exasperating things about working in publishing is that you frequently bump into people in social situations who immediately engage you on the print-vs.-digital issue. ‘Will there always be books?’ they ask …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 4 May]

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Getting the University Presses Back in the Game

Posted in Research on December 16th, 2014 by steve

USA“The ‘game’ in the title of this post is journal publishing. University presses are primarily known as book publishers, as well they would be: the combined output of the university press community monograph programs represents a cornerstone of our civilization. But the presses have long been active in journal publishing as well …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 16 December]

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Word for Word: everything old is newly reissued again

Posted in Research on December 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“With so many new books jostling for attention, it might seem strange that some publishers opt to reissue out- of-print titles. Shouldn’t any book worth its salt always be in demand and, therefore, always in print? Not necessarily …” (more)

[Cathy Dillon, Irish Times, 1 December]


Frustrated Scholar Creates New Way to Fund and Publish Academic Work

Posted in Research on June 6th, 2014 by steve

“In 2011, Tim Peterson was your archetypal frustrated academic. He’d just landed a paper in the journal Cell but had grown disillusioned with the publishing process after nine months of back-and-forth among his team, the reviewers, and the editors …” (more)

[Avi Wolfman-Arent, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 June]

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University Presses Under Fire

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2014 by steve

“How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions. On May 24, 2012, the University of Missouri System announced that it would close the University of Missouri Press so that it might focus more efficiently on ‘strategic priorities’ …” (more)

[Scott Sherman, The Nation, 6 May]

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Academic publishing: escaping the stranglehold?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2014 by steve

“Elsevier BV is a Netherlands company which, according to its website, is a ‘world-leading provider of information solutions’; in other words, it is a publisher …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 April]

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Why Traditional Publishers Should Surrender To Self Publishing

Posted in Research on February 21st, 2014 by steve

“I had a fascinating conversation with Porter Anderson as part of The Booksellers #PorterMeets on Twitter on Monday …” (more)

[Eoin Purcell’s Blog, 21 February]


Where to Publish?

Posted in Research on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“This blog has had just over 17,000 hits mark. (Thanks everybody!) That’s a hell of a lot more than the combined citations from my 30 or so papers in international journals …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 10 September]

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Science is fundamentally a peer-to-peer process and online communities will shape the evolution of scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The transformation of publishing models and platforms remains a recurrent issue for the scholarly community to grapple with given new technologies. Graham Steel provides an overview of a recent conference on the role and evolution of scholarly publishing …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 3 July]

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Remaking an educational publishing giant

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“Despite long haul flights, lack of sleep, back-to-back meetings – and a recent competitive foot race – Brook Colangelo is firing on all cylinders. The chief information officer of educational and trade publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is in the company’s newish Dublin offices near Trinity College, standing in front of a glass wall with a view out over the rooftops …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Book Review – Academic and Professional Publishing

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2013 by steve

“The literature in support of scholarly publishing is sparse at best. Though there are high quality journals such as Learned Publishing and the Journal of Electronic Publishing, the coverage of topics is varied, and it is difficult to obtain a full picture of the changes and challenges affecting our industry …” (more)

[Judy Luther, The Scholarly Kitchen, 18 March]