Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Once and Future Publishing Library

Ann Oakerson and Alex Holzman “trace the history of library publishing and factors that have transformed the publishing landscape, and describe several significant library-press collaborations forged over the past two decades. Authors include results of a survey they conducted to better understand how current library publishing initiatives are supported financially. They conclude with a series of observations about the range of publishing initiatives in American academic libraries.”

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US university presses – times of change

Jennifer Howard writes in The Chronicle of the changes in university presses – constriction of budgets, the decline of the monograph market, the arrival of digital publishing, the rise of open access and the challenge to leaders of presses to develop new strategies.

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Beyond the monograph: publishing research for multimedia and multiplatform delivery

An excellent and comprehensive article by Agata Mrva-Montoya in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Volume 46, Number. Lots of thoughtful reflections and ideas.

http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jsp.46.4.02

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Perceptions of open access changing

A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has found that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications… In 2014, 40% of scientists who had not published open access in the last three years said “I am concerned about perceptions of the quality of OA publications.” But this year, only 27% said they were concerned. In the humanities, business and social sciences (HSS), the drop was more marked; from 54% in 2014 to 41% in 2015. Nonetheless, concerns about perceptions of the quality of OA publications is still the leading factor in authors choosing not to publish OA.

https://dx.doi.org/10.4225/03/55D57C84CE4E0

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New University of California Publication Management System

The California Digital Library, in collaboration with UC Libraries and the Academic Senate, is pleased to announce the planned September 1 launch at UCSB of the University of California Publication Management System.

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Library publishing.

CLIR has published a report, The Once and Future Publishing Library by Ann Okerson and Alex Holzman. Reviewing publishing (or what in some cases eg Project Muse, might be called republishing) they find that “One size does not fit all when it comes to library publishing; local conditions strongly influence local solutions”.

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New publishing model

Rick Anderson reports on a new book The ethics of suicide: historical sources – OUP published the condensed print volume and Marriott Library published the full version online. It’s a very interesting publisher-library partnership and Rick’s article fleshes out many considerations.

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