Open Library of Humanities: a community-grounded approach to academic publishing

The Open Library of Humanities is a newly-launched project aiming to provide an ethically sound and sustainable open access model for humanities research. By coordinating the discussion and implementation of a community-grounded approach to academic publishing, OLH aims to create an outlet better able to serve academics, libraries, and the wider research community. Co-founder Martin Eve describes the current “ideas […]

Faculty appointments and the record of scholarship

Amy Brand, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information at Harvard University, discusses the opaque academic hire environment and concludes that review committees making important decisions on academic careers would benefit from greater detail on contributions of individual researchers as well as the development of standards for the identification and citation of non-traditional scholarly works. Have you noticed that conversations […]

From Monograph to Multigraph: the Distributed Book

Humanities and Social Science disciplines have traditionally relied heavily on the monograph as the prized scholarly output. But given the rapid changes in communication, as well as the mounting criticisms of its limited access and crippling expense, Tim McCormick asks whether the monograph might be reassembled.   I’ve been thinking a lot about nanopublications recently. This is a concept primarily discussed in scientific scholarly communication. Nanopub.org explains: A nanopublication is […]

A new paradigm of scholarly communications is emerging: A report from the Future of Impact conference

Policymakers and academics agree that the economic or public impact of research can’t be demonstrated through just citations and bibliometrics yet open access publishing, altmetrics and online methods must be further developed before we can rely on them to prove impact. Ernesto Priego reports from last week’s Future of Impact conference. How can alternative digital methods of scholarly assessment maximise […]

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Calling open access academic book publishers: How authors and publishers could make a modest profit

Reputation, professional copyediting and promotion; academics gain a lot from working with a professional publisher but there’s no need to go it alone to go open access. Martin Weller writes that there are lots of ways to go open access while also making a profit. Now is the time for you to seize the moment and make a small-to-modest profit […]

Universities should sink their resources into publishing partnerships with scholarly societies

Christopher Land writes that a hybrid partnership between the university press and scholarly society would put publishing back under academic control and would produce a more open, and impactful, form of publishing. In UK universities this year, conversations are dominated by the REF. Whether a colleague is ‘REFable’, who has the gold-standard ‘4×4’, or whether x journal is a 2 […]

What’s in a name? Academic identity in the metadata age

Professional identity is everything in academia, so Melissa Terras was shocked to discover the Internet had suddenly made her a specialist in Tarot Symbolism. Google Scholar and other online resources are easy to use to illustrate your online portfolio but what effects can it have when the Internet gets things wrong? At the end of last week I was pulling […]

Use your author’s rights to make articles freely available

Debates on open access publishing may rumble on for some time to come. Until a perfect solution is found, Jørgen Carling writes that self-archiving, while not perfect, allows researchers to bring their work out from behind paywalls without jeopardizing academic integrity, and, at no cost. Most academic journals allow authors to post their articles online after a while, for instance 12 […]

Why academic publishing is like a coffee shop: An enormous mystique adds relatively little

Prefer a short, sharp burst of espresso to a heavy, flavoured mocha-chip frappucino? Phillip Lord explains why he wants academic publishing to give up the extra fuss and to become more like his strong, jolting shot of morning espresso. Drinking coffee in Italy is a quite different experience from drinking coffee in many UK coffee shops. In Italy, first you […]

The Finch Report and RCUK Open Access policy: How can libraries respond?

Open Access is now central to academic publishing, regardless of whether your team colours are green or gold. Ahead of Open Access Week, Natalia Madjarevic writes that she has witnessed increased media coverage as a result of green OA and that libraries must respond with a touch of creativity to open access policies. Libraries have always been advocates of Open […]

We can do much better than rely on the self-fulfilling impact factor: Academics must harness ideas of engagement to illustrate their impact

Impact Factors are a god-send for overworked and distracted individuals, and while Google Scholar goes some way to utilizing multiple measures to determine a researcher’s impact, Jonathan Becker argues that we can go one better. He writes that engagement is the next metric that academics must conquer. Those of you in the professoriate are likely in the same position as […]

Judging a book by its cover, title and even author order might be necessary to create an impact

Clever book titles or pretty cover designs which don’t give much away are best left to star writers whose name is enough to sell the text. For the rest of us, advice from a good editor can be beneficial. Pat Thomson looks at just how much those little things really do matter if books are to have an impact amongst readers. […]

Open Access needs terminology to distinguish between Gold OA funding models

Shedding further light on the wider open access debate, Martin Eve calls for a more precise terminology for the variety of Gold OA business models that currently exist to help correct the false assumption in many academics’ minds that Gold OA necessarily requires an Article Processing Charge (APC). In the wake of the Finch report, one of the most frequent cries […]

Key Questions for Open Access Policy in the UK

While recent policy developments have made huge strides for open access publishing, there is still great uncertainty over how the transition will play out. Stephen Curry distills the key questions that have emerged over translating open access policy into practice. This article originally appeared on Stephen Curry’s personal blog, ‘Reciprocal Space’. It’s not even two months since the tectonic plates […]

The onset of the REF means that developing an academic publishing strategy is vital

In a rush to publish papers before the forthcoming cut-off point for the Research Excellence Framework, academics and publishers might find themselves facing a long publishing back-log. Alex Hope finds that the only way to cope is to develop an academic publishing strategy. Recently I tweeted the fact that I had received a rejection email from a high ranking journal […]

The undervalued book collection and peer review

Articles in an edited book shouldn’t be less valuable because they’re not peer reviewed in the same way as journal articles. The editor of a book places their academic reputation on the line in a way that journals do not. Martin Eve warns against snubbing book collections and advises to ‘trust the editor, trust the material’. I’ve had several conversations […]

The glacial pace of change in scientific publishing

Most journals have not yet published papers submitted to them last November while in the meantime, NASA have managed to send a rocket to Mars and beam back images. Michael Eisen writes that academics must harness their own power to reshape how we communicate. I was excited this week when my Twitter stream started lighting up with links to an […]

Is writing a book chapter a waste of time?

Edited books may not pick up citations in Google Scholar but Pat Thomson writes that they do different work than journal articles or blogs and are often the first point of call for teachers, students and practitioners. It would be silly to think that writing a book chapter is a waste of time, but they must also be handled with […]

How to bury your academic writing

Book chapters can allow freedom to think about your work in line with broader theoretical issues, but if you’re tempted to write a book chapter for an edited collection, it might be best to reconsider. Dorothy Bishop finds that researchers who write book chapters might as well bury the paper in a hole in their garden.  Inappropriate use of journal […]

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