The Supercontinent of Scholarly Publishing?
May 3, 2018 at 5:30 am

Instead of the rich and seamless digital library for scholarship that they need, researchers today encounter archipelagos of content bridged by infrastructure that is insufficient and often outdated. Researchers need a supercontinent. Will it be Elsevier, Digital Science, Clarivate, ResearchGate, or someone else? And what does this mean for other publishers? The post The Supercontinent…

If ResearchGate is Where Authors Connect and Collaborate …
May 2, 2018 at 5:30 am

The recently announced agreement between ResearchGate and Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, and Thieme demonstrates that there is not a uniformity of perspective in the publishing community about article sharing on ResearchGate, or presumably on the many other scholarly collaboration networks that exist. It also signals that ResearchGate, a decade-old start-up disruptor with with venture…

Is Copyright Piracy Morally Wrong or Merely Illegal? The Malum Prohibitum/Malum in Se Conundrum
April 30, 2018 at 5:30 am

Is copyright infringement malum prohibitum (wrong only because it's prohibited) or malum in se (morally wrong in and of itself)? Interestingly, scholcomm commentators and legal reference materials often characterize it as the former--while both statute and case law treat it like the latter, classifying it as "property theft" and regularly awarding its victims both statutory…

Can Handwriting Be Copyrighted?
April 27, 2018 at 5:30 am

A website that provided fonts based on the handwriting of famous songwriters has been shut down. But is there actually a legal case to answer? The post Can Handwriting Be Copyrighted? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Why Don’t Societies Simply Sell off Their Publishing Assets?
April 26, 2018 at 5:30 am

Society publishers resist the sale of their publications to bidders from the commercial world because they view the publications as a central component of the society itself. The post Why Don’t Societies Simply Sell off Their Publishing Assets? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Guest Post: Childfree, Childless, and Childcare – They All Attract Bias in the Workplace
April 25, 2018 at 6:05 am

In this guest post about a largely overlooked aspect of diversity and inclusion,Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing at the Microbiology Society, looks at the biases in the workplace faced by women around maternity -- even if they can't -- or choose not to -- have children. The post Guest Post: Childfree, Childless, and Childcare –…