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Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was?

A sense of gloom hangs over academic publishing these days. As library budgets are cut, and the fear of OA mandates cutting profit margins clouds publishers’ sense of their place in the world, what is it like to be a publishing professional in this era of climate change? Continue reading

+1 Deer: The Latest Trend in Social Media via The Onion

The Onion’s ever-entertaining fake news service offers up this perfect explanation of the current state of social media, as the established companies scramble to remain relevant. Continue reading

A Survey of University Presses

A survey of university presses on selling books directly from their Web sites shows that for most presses, sales hover around 1% of total volume, but a concerted effort to improve Web marketing could increase that figure to 3% or perhaps even more. Continue reading

SXSW Interactive: The Annual Pilgrimage

SXSW Interactive is over, but the impact is not. Why SXSW continues to be relevant to business and publishing. Continue reading

Marketing in the Stream

Social media presents a new set of marketing opportunities for publishers, the most important of which is a new paradigm for thinking about the world of digital media, which now is the world of the social stream instead of the world of cyberspace. Continue reading

The Problem With Facebook

A look at how Facebook increasingly filters the content you see, and how its business model is at odds with the needs of its users. Continue reading

Stick to Your Ribs: Altmetrics — Replacing the Impact Factor Is Not the Only Point

Revisiting Todd Carpenter’s 2012 post on the value of altmetrics. Continue reading

The Andraka Saga Continues — Vengeance via Wikipedia, and a More Complete View of the Claims

The Jack Andraka story develops further. SSP pages on Wikipedia are taken down by a disgruntled commentator. And Andraka’s draft paper gets a preliminary review, and both the reviewers and Andraka admit it’s less game-changing than the media has led us to believe. Continue reading

Publishing Viewed from Santa’s Crystal Ball

Some predictions about the future of scholarly publishing, which acknowledges the continuing central role of the major STM publishers. Continue reading

The End of an Era for Academia.edu and Other Academic Networks?

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Elsevier has issued a sweeping series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down notices regarding Elsevier-published content to Academia.edu, a file-sharing network for researchers and other academics.

This has prompted a storm in the Twittersphere, a response from Elsevier, a number of commentaries on blogs and list-serves, and a truly bizarre article from CNET. Academia.edu for its part is reportedly encouraging authors of affected papers to sign this Elsevier boycott petition despite the fact that their own terms of use prohibit the posting of content that infringes on the copyright or license of publishers such as Elsevier.

Is this a footnote or the end of a chapter in the annals of digital science publishing? Continue reading

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