The mission of the Society for Scholarly Publishing is “[t]o advance scholarly publishing and communication, and the professional development of its members through education, collaboration, and networking.” The Scholarly Kitchen is a moderated and independent blog aimed to help fulfill this mission by bringing together differing opinions, commentary, and ideas, and presenting them openly.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing established The Scholarly Kitchen in February 2008 to:

  1. Keep SSP members and interested parties aware of new developments in publishing
  2. Point to research reports and projects
  3. Interpret the significance of relevant research in a balanced way (or occasionally in a provocative way)
  4. Suggest areas that need more input by identifying gaps in knowledge
  5. Translate findings from related endeavors (publishing outside STM, online business, user trends)
  6. Attract the community of STM information experts interested in these things and give them a place to contribute

David Crotty serves as the Editor in Chief of The Scholarly Kitchen and Angela Cochran is our Associate Editor. Dianndra Roberts is our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Associate Editor.

Opinions on the Scholarly Kitchen are those of the authors. They are not necessarily those held by the Society for Scholarly Publishing nor by the authors’ respective employers.

Comments on The Scholarly Kitchen are moderated, and details on our comment policy can be found here. Publication of a comment does not indicate an endorsement of the opinions in any comment. Opinions expressed in comments are those of the individuals making the comments.

Copyright of each post remains with that post’s author. Information on Permissions and Reuse of articles can be found here.

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Invitation to Guest Authors

The Scholarly Kitchen welcomes non-commercial guests posts covering topics relevant to scholarly communications. These include (but are not limited to) scholarly publishing, copyright, open access, editorial practices, librarianship, bookselling, research funding, research policy, etc. There are no requirements for educational background, employment status, or SSP membership status. Posts cannot be used to promote specific products and services. If you have an idea for a guest post on The Scholarly Kitchen, contact the Executive Editor or any Chef to propose your idea for a post. Review our Open Invitation to Guest Authors for an overview of how the process works and tips for writing a successful post.

Consideration for Regular Contributors

Regular volunteer contributors to The Scholarly Kitchen are referred to as Chefs. Individuals interested in becoming a regular contributor should write a letter of interest to the Executive Editor describing their perspective and area of expertise. Ideal candidates will have broad areas of interest and relevant expertise that is unique and/or not already over-represented on the blog. Candidates are required to write 3 guest posts within a 6 month period that meet the quality standards set forth by the Editor. If requirements and standards are met, an invitation to become a regular contributor will be extended and a mentor will be assigned. All regular contributors must agree to write 6 original posts per year, sign a Contributor Agreement and be a SSP member in good standing.