The Ebook R/Evolution – Not as Easy as It Seems

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“Earlier this month at the 12th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference, the evolution of the ebook and its place in the library and scholarly community was an undeniable sub-theme – one that left me thinking any revolutionary vision for ebooks has been greatly stymied by disconnects between end-user perspectives and the agendas of scholarly resource suppliers …” (more)

[Lettie Conrad, The Scholarly Kitchen, 24 April]

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Is the end of the textbook nigh?

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I published a textbook in 2013 (called Membrane Filtration: a problem-solving approach with MATLAB, if you really want to know). I signed the publishing deal in September 2011 and I submitted what I thought was the final draft to the publisher in November of 2012. I’d say I worked on the book on more than 90% of the days in between …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 January]

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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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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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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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Is It Time for Scholarly Journal Publishers to Begin Distributing Articles Using EPUB 3?

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“The EPUB 3.0 specification has reached the ripe old age of 16 months and has been making waves in the book publishing community since long before it was officially published in October 2011 …” (more)

[Todd Carpenter, The Scholarly Kitchen, 19 March]


The Digital Publishing Revolution Is Over

Posted in Research on March 4th, 2013 by steve

“The technologist-as-trickster is a fixture of our age. Pacing the stage at a tech conference, unencumbered by notes or even the reliance on a podium, with multiple huge video screens hanging above showing the trickster in full stride …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 4 March]

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Have Journal Prices Really Increased Much in the Digital Age?

Posted in Research on January 8th, 2013 by steve

“What if the only measurement of energy costs you followed was the price of oil, while everyone was shifting to cheaper and more efficient alternatives? …” (more)

[Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 8 January]

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Springer Establishes a Beachhead on the Desktop with Acquisition of Papers

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2012 by steve

“This week, Springer Science+Business Media announced its acquisition of Papers, the desktop software program for managing research articles. The move into desktop software is an interesting approach for Springer …” (more)

[Michael Clarke, The Scholarly Kitchen, 7 November]

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Short-form Publishing – A New Content Category, Courtesy of the Internet

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2012 by steve

“… In fiction we would call this a novella, but we don’t really have a term for this for nonfiction, unless we go back in time and raise the specter and form of the pamphleteers of the 18th century. O Thomas Paine, where art thou? The short form (which is really a middle form, since articles are shorter yet) has been mostly dormant for decades …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 5 September]


Publishers! What Are They Good For? Part Deux: The Debate

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2012 by steve

“A few weeks back, I wrote a short post asking you to submit your questions for a panel discussion that was to take place at the Society For Scholarly Publishing’s Annual Meeting. To those of you who took the time to submit your thoughts and questions, thank you …” (more)

[David Smith, The Scholarly Kitchen, 22 June]

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PeerJ: Silicon Valley Culture Enters Academic Publishing

Posted in Research on June 14th, 2012 by steve

“… It’s not a new handheld device or social media app promising to revolutionize the way we connect with each other. Nor is it about a company started by young, penniless hipsters from their parent’s garage — rather, this one was started by a bunch of middle-aged guys and a lot of venture capital. That, and a blue monkey-scientist as a company mascot …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 14 June]

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Pay (less) to publish: ambitious journal aims to disrupt scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“… For a one-time $99 fee, anyone can publish a single paper a year for life (although the first dozen authors on the paper all have to sign up). $259 buys any author a lifetime membership, with the ability to publish as many papers as they choose. Bottom line: for only a fraction of the cost of a regular publication, researchers can publish as often as they want …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 June]

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We’re All Publishers Now? Not So Fast

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 4th, 2012 by steve

“… When we tweet, blog, or update, we are not publishers. We are authors. Twitter, WordPress, or Facebook are the publishers. They just accept nearly everything we submit, so it feels like we’re publishers. But each company has sheltered us as authors from the risks of their ventures, is trying to make enough money to remain viable for years to come, and has created the venue we want to publish in …” (more)

[Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 4 June]

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Kindle Publishing at Third Level

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2012 by steve

“I’ve a ‘saved search’ for Kindle in several online tracking systems because I believe that platform’s use is growing faster than Twitter. It’s certainly growing revenue faster than many social networks and points to job prospects for our third level students in the Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 3 June]

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The Consequences of Closing University Presses

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2012 by steve

“In a story covered by the Chronicle, but not widely in extracurricular news venues, it was announced that the University of Missouri would phase out its press beginning this July …” (more)

[Frank Donoghue, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 May]

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Working Where They Want to Reduce Hardcovers

Posted in Research on March 4th, 2012 by steve

“I work across the hall from a small library set on significantly reducing the footprint of books on its shelves. I hope that means a significant increase in the number of electronic titles …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 4 March]

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Occupy publishing

Posted in Research on February 16th, 2012 by steve

“Timothy Gowers is boycotting Elsevier and hopes to spark reform that will replace expensive journals with a more rational system. For many years, I, like several other mathematicians, have been careful not to submit papers to journals published by the huge publishing conglomerate Reed Elsevier. Our reasons will be familiar to many readers of Times Higher Education …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 16 February]

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Adventures in ePublishing

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2012 by steve

“I have waded into the waters of e-publishing and believe I will have a result within 10 days of laying down my first cursor on text. The focus of my work involves taking products that are in one format and giving them a more compelling look for Kindle …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 8 February]