Open Access publishing: A Personal View

Monday, September 24th, 2012

General Observations As will be seen from our comments below, we are not convinced by many aspects of the current proposals in practice. We are also far from convinced by the general rationale for open-access publishing, especially the ‘gold’ option, under which the author (funder, institution or individual) pays. We recognise ...

Copyright and the Harvard Open Access Mandate

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Abstract: Open access proponents argue that scholars are far more likely to make their articles freely available online if they are required to do so by their university or funding institution. Therefore, if the open access movement is to achieve anything close to its goal ...

Publishers’ surpluses should further scholarship, say academics

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Only a fifth of humanities and social science academics regard it as acceptable for academic publishers to make a profit that is not reinvested in their disciplines. This is among the findings of a survey of nearly 700 academics in the fields carried out as part of a research project into ...

By leveraging social media for impact, academics can create broader support for our intellectual work and profession

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'Academics have a chance to make a ‘social impact investment’, by introducing the greater public to our work and bypassing the bottleneck of commercial publishers but only if we scrap our social media-shy ways, writes Antonio Casilli. In the latest issue of the online journal Fast Capitalism, an ...

Subsidy call for scholarly publishing

Friday, November 11th, 2011

"Book industry advocates are demanding $16 million over two years from Canberra and the universities to establish marketing and production programs for scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences. The call comes in the final report of the Book Industry Strategy Group established by Innovation ...

Report urges National University Press Network to boost humanities

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

"Australia needs a National University Press Network to print book and chapter-length research in the humanities and social sciences – research that, being too long for journals and not commercial enough for the struggling publishing industry, might otherwise never see the light of day. This is Recommendation ...

OAPEN-UK explores the challenges of open access scholarly monograph

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The academic monograph is under threat. Increased costs and lower print runs are impacting on the principle means by which researchers share their knowledge and disseminate their findings. The gold standard for academic excellence in many disciplines, the effective dissemination of the monograph has major implications ...

Book Citation Index on trial at ACU until November 13

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Tracking citations in books has been a major omission of the two main citation databases, Scopus and Web of Science, as they concentrate mostly on counting citations for  journal articles.  However Thomson Reuters, the company that produces Web of Science, has just released a Book Citation Index.   The period covered ...

No more publish or be damned for social science academics

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

'SOCIAL sciences academics should take the lead in developing a metrics-based system for measuring research quality in their disciplines, if one were ever to be introduced, bibliometrician Linda Butler says. "It is important, if there are any moves towards metrics, for the disciplines to be fully involved from ...

Cite or Site? The current view of what constitutes ‘academic publishing’ is too limited. Our published work must become truly public

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

'Producing papers for a growing number of journals with an ever shrinking audience risks diminishing the potential of the impact of academic work. Pat Lockley and Mark Carrigan consider the incentives of the current system of academic publishing and call for a new definition. Cite or site? Citation, or ...