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When Pragmatism Collides With Fundamentalism-PLOS Hikes Publication Fees

Why did such a small price increase arouse such a big reaction from open access advocates? Continue reading

A Single User Account

Academics’ expectations for user experience are set not by reference to improvements relative to the past but increasingly in comparison with their experiences on consumer internet services and mobile devices. The best solution for research, teaching, and learning would be a single account for each user, controlled by that individual, and accepted portably across services and platforms. Continue reading

An Archaeology of Discovery

How valuable is the brand? It depends on the ecosystem or publishing epoch. Brands were the hallmark of the print era, but with the advent of new publishing paradigms, brands now compete with other useful means to identify materials. Continue reading

The Ubiquitous Bookstore

There is much discussion now about creating new online bookstores, especially for academic publishers. Some of these discussions, however, are not aligned with overarching trends on the Internet and risk creating something that appears to be out of date the moment it is launched. Continue reading

Social Media And Its Impact on Medical Research

A social media campaign may have little (if any) effect on article readership, a recent study reports. Continue reading

Is Google Now a Publisher Offering Other Publishers an Inadequate Deal?

A Spanish court’s decision around Google News suggests that the barter arrangement with Google and other general search engines — in which they pay nothing to license our content — may have a more viable financial future. Continue reading

Ask The Chefs: How Do You Stay Informed About Scholarly Publishing?

We often talk about how our customers (a.k.a. users, researchers, authors, readers, etc.) are being overwhelmed by the flood of information available today. Let’s not forget that we are consumers of information as well. How are we handling information overload? How are we finding the “must-reads” in our profession? How do we sort the highly … Continue reading

Tweaking Twitter

Social media giant (and information tool) Twitter has casually suggested to its users that it might be changing its algorithm. But has it considered what the implications for users might be? The users have and they are worried. Continue reading

Build a Better Mousetrap

The best way to increase D2C sales is to work in increasing the traffic to your site. Without traffic, there can be few sales. Unfortunately, the university press community has paid little attention to building Web traffic. Continue reading

Rick Anderson at the Smithsonian: “Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?”

A video of Rick Anderson’s recent talk at the Smithsonian, on why it’s so hard to have conversations about open access that don’t devolve into shouting matches and accusations of bad faith 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

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Standards, Standards, Standards

Scholarly Kitchen chef Todd Carpenter discusses technical standards in today’s scholarly-publishing landscape, and what’s on the horizon. Continue reading

The Web-scale University Press

This is an essay on what it would mean to create a university press that operates at Web scale. It speculates about what such an endeavor would look like and probes some aspects of the financial model. Continue reading

Driving Altmetrics Performance Through Marketing — A New Differentiator for Scholarly Journals?

Does the rise of altmetrics mean a shift in the journal publishing landscape where marketing and publicity efforts surrounding articles take precedence? Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Mitch Joel on Rebooting Your Business, and Your Life

Mitch Joel talks about how to survive and thrive in the current era of technology-driven change. Continue reading

Stick to Your Ribs: Science and Web 2.0: Talking About Science vs. Doing Science

Revisiting the subject of social media and scientific research–have we made much progress in the last few years? Continue reading

Spoilers, Social Media Feeding Frenzies and the Need to Connect

Back in 2009, I wrote a post about the death of the television schedule. In the post, I discussed shelf life versus participation value for content, highlighting the rare entertainment events like sports that continue to offer a semblance of the broad, connected communal experience we used to know before technology subdivided our culture. I quoted … Continue reading

An Industry Pining for Bookstores

Publishing does not take place in a vacuum but in an ecosystem. The book business is changing not because of a preference for digital books but because physical bookstores are being removed from the ecosystem. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Bibliometrics in an Age of Abundance

Chef Phil Davis discusses the current state of the art in analysis of citation, usage, and other information sources, and some of the opportunities and challenges for bibliometrics in a data-rich era. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Jason Priem on Altmetrics, Today and Tomorrow

An advocate for alternative metrics for article impact takes stock of where they are now, and where they’re going. Continue reading

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