Humanities Commons: Networking the Humanities through Open Access, Open Source and Not-for-Profit
December 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

The just-launched beta version of Humanities Commons is the latest in a growing number of scholar-led innovations in scholarly communication. How do such innovations develop, and how should more traditional publishers think about these opportunities? I spoke with MLA's Kathleen Fitzpatrick recently to learn more. The post Humanities Commons: Networking the Humanities through Open Access,…

Communicating Science: What Can We Do Better?
December 20, 2016 at 5:30 am

In the wake of public questions about trust in science, Angela Cochran had a conversation with Dr. Jamie L. Vernon about the challenges of communicating science to the public and how the SciComm community could do better. The post Communicating Science: What Can We Do Better? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Whither Portable Peer Review?
December 19, 2016 at 5:30 am

Three companies (Rubriq, Axios Review, and Peerage of Science) have working models for external peer review. Has any one of them found a model for success? The post Whither Portable Peer Review? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

STM Week 2016 — Stray Thoughts on Security, Open Access, and Data
December 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

What has become known as “STM Week” represents a series of meetings in London which expanded this year to include London Information International as a competing/complementary event in another part of the city (known to some as “western Norway,” depending on how that train ride to the eXcel Center felt to you). STM Innovations has become one…

What We Tell Society Publishers About Open Access
December 13, 2016 at 11:59 am

My colleagues and I spend a great deal of time advising professional society publishers on their programs, and not infrequently open access (OA) comes up in the discussions. Sometimes this is because OA is the focus of a project, sometimes it is because OA is on the minds of the society’s leadership. What we find…

Book Publishing: University Presses Adapt
December 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm

University presses, those venerated producers of books (and journals), face pressures as never before. Digital access and changing acquisition patterns at libraries have disrupted the presses' traditional businesses, and they are meeting the challenges in different ways. Some are experimenting, some seeking shelter by joining with their academic libraries, and some maintaining impressive resilience. Others…

Press Release: Semantico Partners with TrendMD to Improve Discoverability of Academic & Professional Content
December 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Brighton, U.K. -- December 1, 2016 -- Semantico have announced a partnership to provide the native integration of TrendMD within their Scolaris digital publishing solution. The partnership will deliver to publishers an enhanced research experience for their end-users and increased content discoverability, but above all, the potential for increased usage. The market-leading content discoverability tool…

Disrupting the World of Science Publishing
November 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Every scientist wants his or her paper to appear in Cell, Nature or Science. In today’s scientific world, being associated with such publications is synonymous with prestige and excellence, opening doors to top positions and coveted awards. Nonetheless, these journals are typically known to have an acceptance rate of 5-10 percent, meaning that the other…

If You Build Better Metadata, Readers Will Come
November 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

Creating or aggregating content and actually getting readers to see it are two sides of the same coin. Without both content and a reliable way for people to find it, the motivation to create or house such content becomes less. One feeds the other. So, how do content aggregators and authors find that sweet spot…

University Press Week: When the Mission Isn’t Money
November 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

With its theme of “Celebrate Community,” University Press Week has spotlighted the 141 member-publishers of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). They’re located in 42 states and 14 countries, with an aggregate total of approximately 288,000 titles published. University Press Week—this year November 14 to 19—was launched 1978 under US president Jimmy Carter. The current University Press…