Scholarly

Press Release: Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google
February 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Farmington Hills, Mich., February 29, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily…

Amazon to Launch Open Educational Resources Platform
February 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Earlier this month, an EdWeek Market Brief reported that Amazon is preparing to beta-test a platform for open educational resources (OER) — textbooks and other classroom instructional materials that are provided online at no charge to users. Reportedly the platform will be called Amazon Inspire and is tentatively scheduled for public roll-out within the next…

The Illicit Love Affair Between Open Access and Traditional Publishing
February 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Aside from the curry at Nora’s, the highlight of this year’s PSP conference for me was the panel put together by the Kitchen’s very own David Crotty. From the program notes: "This session will focus on the large number of requirements and policies being placed on researchers and their articles across the spectrum of scholarly…

How Scholarly Publishers Are Redefining Roles & Transforming Infrastructure to Master New Tech
February 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

Scholarly publishing is a technology business. That’s been true for some time, of course. Yet the technology-driven approach to business is profoundly and fundamentally different from traditional publishing practices. How can scholarly publishers reconcile that dichotomy? How should a publisher utilize today’s technology in order to drive innovation? Those were the questions recently put to…

What Should We Make of Secret Open Access Deals?
February 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

While the UK and the Netherlands have led the charge toward Gold open access (OA) publication for scholarly research, both nations have been confronted with the economic realities and increased costs brought on by their progressive policies. Through various agencies and libraries, each has reached out to publishers in hopes of finding some help in…

Why Business Foresight is Key to Publishers' Vitality
February 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Last week at the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Conference -- an event hosted by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Professional & Scholarly Publishers (PSP) in Washington D.C. -- keynote speaker Joseph Esposito posed a question that all publishers, not just those in the professional and scholarly segments, are struggling to answer. That question…

Text And Data Mining Are Growing And Publishers Need To Support Their Use – An AAP-PSP Panel Report
February 11, 2016 at 12:19 pm

At the dawn of digital content distribution there were many excited ideas about the possibilities of computerized information. In the 1960s, Ted Nelson and others theorized about the potential of computerized information and wrote excitedly about the possibilities of a network of interconnected digital texts. Nelson is a computer scientist and philosopher who, among other…

Press Release: Elsevier’s New ECC Webcasts Platform Provides Free Access to Webcasts of the European Cancer Congress
January 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm

AMSTERDAM—January 21, 2016—A new online platform gives healthcare professionals free access to a selection of lectures from Europe’s biggest cancer conference, providing them with the latest research on a variety of cancers and treatments. The ECC Webcasts platform (eccwebcasts.ejcancer.com), run by Elsevier and hosted by the European Journal of Cancer (EJC), features webcasts of some…

What's on the Horizon for Scholarly Publishing?
January 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

January seems like the perfect time to look forward and think about what we might expect to see this coming year. Although none of the Chefs have claimed to be clairvoyant (at least not publicly), they all have slightly different views of the scholarly publishing and communications ecosystem. So this month we asked the Chefs:…

What Price Progress: The Costs of an Effective Data Publishing Policy
January 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

While predicting the future is fraught with peril, there seems a fairly clear consensus about where the research community would like to see things go. Our efforts these days are focused on broadening access to the research literature and research results, and toward improving their quality, through better transparency and reproducibility. Academia is a notoriously…