John Wiley & Sons

Publishing Revenue Fell 7% at Wiley
December 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

Following its October purchase of the publishing-software and services provider Atypon, John Wiley has restructured the way in which it reports its financial results. The company has created three categories: research (50% of revenue in the first half of fiscal 2017); publishing (37% of year-to-date revenue); and solutions, (13% of revenue).

4 Takeaways From the Digital Book Printing Conference 2016
November 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Volumes of printed pages will decrease significantly over the next four years, according to an IT Strategies study. VP of IT Strategies Marco Boer told attendees at yesterday’s Digital Book Printing Conference that the volume of printed pages will decline 7.4% from 2007 to 2020, totaling over 5 billion pages lost. As demand for print…

How Wiley Implements Digital Printing Tech to Be More Nimble & Cost Effective
September 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

Digital printing is a major opportunity for book publishers, enabling greater efficiencies and creating new revenue streams, said Kurt Scherwatzky, director of strategic sourcing and procurement at John Wiley & Sons. Scherwatzky spoke on a recent Book Business webinar and explained how the education and journal…

Wiley's Education Business Continues Decline; Bright Spots in Journals and Professional Development
September 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Today education, journal, and professional publisher John Wiley & Sons released its Q1 results for the 2017 fiscal year. While the publisher experienced growth in its journal and professional development businesses, its education division saw significant revenue declines, thanks to low-performing textbooks. Wiley’s overall revenue decreased 4% from Q1 2016, declining from $423 million to…

Press Release: Wiley Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Atypon
August 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

HOBOKEN, N.J. — August 18, 2016 — John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in research, professional practice and education, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a Silicon Valley-based publishing-software company, for $120 million in cash. Atypon is a trusted technology…

Thinking About Internet Scale
July 21, 2015

Those of us who labor in scholarly publishing can be forgiven for thinking that the world is a tiny place. The academic journal, the keystone of our industry, cumulatively brings in about $10 billion a year, not enough to get the CEOs of Uber or Pinterest out of bed in the morning; and the book, the much-despised book, is in retreat everywhere. While librarians continue to insist that there are huge publishers out there, corporations so big that they have a stranglehold on the academic community, if not the world overall, the actual figures

Elsevier Clashes With Researchers Over Open Access Publishing for Academic Texts
May 29, 2015

Academic publishing is a multi-million dollar business dominated by just a few major publishing houses. Many academics and open access advocates believe that's unfair-publishers simply take researchers' work and sell it back to them, they say. Stan Correy takes a look at the state of play.

In 2001, I did a story for RN's Background Briefing called Knowledge Indignation: Road Rage on the Information Superhighway.

That rage was aimed at companies in the STM industry-science, technology and medical publishing.  Leading the charge against these commercial publishers were scientists, doctors, university librarians and other researchers

New Predatory Publishing in Old Bottles
March 11, 2015

Many academic authors by now have heard the phrase "predatory publishers." It's usually associated with a list of fraudulent  pseudo-publishing operations maintained by Jeffrey Beall, whose crusade to name and shame these shady opportunists has made it to The New York Times. What worries me far more than these fairly obvious scams are the emerging business practices being used by highly profitable publishers with long and distinguished pedigrees that are treating open access as a new revenue stream that can be both open and closed - earning money through subscriptions and author fees.

Ask the Chefs: What Do You Think Will Have The Biggest Impact On Scholarly Publishing In 2015?
January 29, 2015

2015 has already started with a bang and we think there's more to come, as you'll see from the Chef's responses to the question: What do you think will have the biggest impact on scholarly publishing in 2015?

According to the Chefs, we're looking at a year of mergers and acquisitions, the continuing growth of open access both in number of opportunities and in scale, the publication of data and objects (like multimedia, application code, etc.), and more start-ups.

What do YOU think will shape scholarly publishing in 2015?