A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next’. It is a period of transition, uncertainty, and multiple paths forward. The first wave of an open access transition is upon us, driven by the APC model, moving us to favor quantity over quality, and resulting in massive consolidation in many areas of the market. What comes next?
The last few years have been a period of rapid market consolidation in scholarly publishing. Here, a look at the ongoing demise of the independent research society publisher, as more and more continue to sign on with larger publishing partners.
How do we lay down the layers of “pavement” that build up a quality scholarly communications system that is safe and durable and meets the capacity demands of the scholars of today and, equally importantly, tomorrow? @lisalibrarian
Revisiting a 2018 primer on the business side of publishing. The defining property of traditional publishing is editorial selection. That is what publishing is about.
Judy Luther looks back at the waves of change that have reshaped our industry. Looking ahead, the next big wave is to use analytics and AI as we complete the transition to open content.
Six questions and answers about the new transformative deal between Elsevier and the University of California.
The newly announced California/Elsevier transformative agreement will test the financial sustainability and the financial desirability of the multi-payer model.
The journal brand has proven to be the great intangible asset of the scholarly publisher. Can publishers extend the reach and value of journal brands by supporting research materials beyond the version of record?
As the big deal falls, we are witnessing a shift in academic library purchasing power closer to the point of need.
How do libraries decide which titles to keep when they cancel the Big Deal? What do the results look like? A look at seven libraries that walked away by @lisalibrarian.
Unsub is the game-changing data analysis service that is helping librarians forecast, explore, and optimize their alternatives to the Big Deal. Librarians breaking away from the Big Deal often credit Unsub as a critical component of their strategy.
Some libraries are seeking transformative agreements, others are unbundling the Big Deal. Can major publishers reestablish value without a major revenue sacrifice?
New findings from Ithaka S+R provide the most recent and comprehensive evidence for how academic library acquisitions and open access initiatives may proceed in light of the present disruptions
As the success of Subscribe to Open grows, what are the benefits and limitations of the model?
Pure publish contracts are possible now. It is not necessary to wait for the subscription publishers to change their business model or to pair a pure publish component with a read and publish component in a transformative agreement. @lisalibrarian