Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mapping the Future of Scholarly Publishing

Released in January 2015, this report from the Open Science Initiative (OSI) a working group convened by the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI) is a must read.

The report is broad and looks to a different future – it was inspired by fundamental questions:

What are the problems with the current system of scholarly publishing? What are the different perspectives on these problems? What are some possible solutions? What should our goals and our guiding objectives be regarding improving access to research information? Should we even bother worrying about this issue (is the current state of affairs adequate)?
What would a future with more open science look like? What might a future without more open science
look like? How do we get from where we are now to where we need to be, considering there are so many competing interests and entrenched positions? Why might it be important to act now?


There are three major recommendations:

1. Convene an annual series of high-level conferences between all key stakeholders over the next
10 years to discuss, implement, adjust, and track major reforms to the scholarly publishing system.

2. Find answers to key questions related to reform, as detailed in the summary document.

3. Investigate the possibility of constructing the world’s first all-scholarship repository (ASR)

Lots to discuss…

Go to to read the report

Roxanne Missingham


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Humanities Open Book Program

Jointly sponsored by NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program promises funding “to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience”.

From the grant web page:

NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary. However, NEH and Mellon anticipate that applicants may propose to digitize a total that ranges from less than fifty to more than one hundred books. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed “ebooks” that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers. The final ebook files must be in EPUB version 3.0.1 (or later) format, to ensure that the text is fully searchable and reflowable and that fonts are resizable on any e-reading device.

For more information see

Note: Receipt Deadline June 10, 2015 for Projects Beginning January 2016

Roxanne Missingham

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Mellon Grant to Stanford University Press to publishing interactive Scholarly Works

A grant of $1.2 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “will accelerate the integration of interactive scholarly works, usually revealed as Web sites, and new narratives enriched with digital objects and rich linking, into its publishing portfolio.”

Stanford University press will over the next 3 years “undertake a digital publishing process that mirrors the rigor and consideration of book publishing.”

One to watch with interst!

Roxanne Missingham
University Librarian
Australian National Uniervsity

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