Scholarly

The Power of Community — Why Much of Scholarly Publishing Is Unlikely to Change Quickly
May 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm

We often see discussions of scholarly publishing framed with familiar terminology — commercial vs. non-profit; subscription vs. open access; glamour vs. non-glamour; specialty vs. general; high-impact vs. low-impact. Using these frameworks, it’s difficult to see why publishing wouldn’t change quickly and easily, with just a few adjustments, the proper financial incentives aimed at these simple distinctions, and…

What’s the Future Hold for Altmetrics?
April 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Altmetrics (a non-traditional assessment of citation-impact metrics in scholarly publishing) have passed their fifth birthday. While there are debates taking place about important issues (the potential gaming of altmetrics, how to weight the various events, etc.), they are helping to engage readers and drive article downloads. Who hasn’t found themselves clicking on a most shared/commented…

The CRIS Revolution & How It Affects Academic Publishing
April 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Over the last decade there has been a quiet revolution in the way academic institutions track and manage their research activity. “Universities have moved from having multiple systems for single purposes, to also having a single system for multiple purposes”, explains Bo Alroe, director, sales enablement for Elsevier’s Pure software. Now used by over 200…

Academic Publishing Faces Down an Unrepentant Pirate
April 4, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Alexandra Elbakyan is a 27 year old graduate student exploring the history of science. She’s also making that history herself, as the creator and administrator of Sci-Hub.org, a searchable database of tens of millions of scholarly articles. The articles are from a huge variety of disciplines, and they’re free to access, making them a treasure…

How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications
March 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Discovery patterns and practices are changing steadily, as workflows adjust to new services and work around a variety of barriers. The best data about discovery practices are held by content providers, who are able to analyze the variety of sources that researchers use to reach their platforms. But while many content providers analyze their own…

What Is the Biggest Misconception About Scholarly Publishing?
March 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Scholarly publishing, like any industry or profession is subject to interpretation, from within, from without, from adjacent industries and from random people walking down the street. As the discourse surrounding scholarly publishing increases, we thought it would be informative to Ask The Chefs: What is the biggest misconception…

Springer Nature to Expand Content Sharing to All Journals
March 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Springer Nature is to expand its nature.com content sharing initiative to its entire journals portfolio. The initiative, which originally saw articles from 47 subscription journals made freely shareable between subscribers and non–subscribers around the world for personal, non-commercial use, as well to certain media outlets, was extended indefinitely in December following a year-long pilot which…

Pathways Forward: The University Press in the 21st Century
March 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

The University Press Redux Conference, held March 16 and 17 in Liverpool, was billed as the first to focus on university presses in a specifically UK context, but had plenty of representation from—and relevance to—scholarly publishing in the States. Members of nine American university presses joined their European counterparts to exchange insights into the rapidly…

Winning Strategies for Journal Publishers
March 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

It’s three years now since I posted “The Inexorable Path of the Professional Society Publisher” and I thought it was time to revisit it. What’s always troubled me about that post is that it takes the view of the underdog — that is, of the small or mid-size professional society publisher — which is struggling…

Have Journal Prices Really Increased Much in the Digital Age?
March 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

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? And what if you completely ignored the fact that everything around you was using more and more power — your lights, your phone, your car, your heat, your media center?…