Erich van Rijn looks at the University of California’s Luminos open access books program and reviews lessons learned and what is needed for such programs to succeed.
Charles Watkinson and Lisa Bayer discuss the work of the SSP and AUPresses’ Joint Task Force on Career Progression, aimed at better categorizing publishing positions and promotional pathways.
A Humanities and Social Sciences Publishing Professionals Community of Interest Network is launching! An interview with facilitators Laura Ansley and Dawn Durante about the group and its focus –and how it’s meeting a clear need.
The University of Michigan Press discusses its burgeoning open access monograph program.
The AUPresses Library Relations Committee asks Peter Berkery and Mary Lee Kennedy to share their thoughts about how relations between publishers and libraries have changed.
The ability to harvest and reuse publications metadata at scale is good for STEM journal articles but poor for monographs, with significant implications for RIM systems. Why is this so?
A look at open access policies and developments in Canada, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Part 1 of a 2 part post.
Emily Farrell from MIT Press discusses how collective open book models offer a chance to help many stakeholders across academic publishing share expertise to make processes easier, costs lower, and access to knowledge more collaborative.
A pilot program that seeks to deepen transnational dialogue and collaboration among mission-driven scholarly publishers.
How can not-for-profit organizations outcompete their commercial rivals? Revisiting Joe Esposito’s 2011 post that lays out a blueprint for success.
University presses are deeply committed to scholarship that shines a critical light on racist systems and histories, and to scholarly projects that seek to decolonize and make more equitable our human stores of knowledge. Do we practice what we publish?
Robert Harington argues that funders, be they national, or private, should consider directly funding their field through funding societies and institutions, with a focus on equitable distribution of funds across scholarly communities.
In periods of disruption, commercial publishers have traditionally found opportunities to make capital investments that ultimately strengthen their relative position in the market — opportunities that are not necessarily available to their not-for-profit counterparts. With this in mind, we offer up the beginnings of an analysis of the state of not-for-profit publishing today.
Peer Review Week 2020 continues with a guest post by Dawn Durante of the University of Texas Press, looking at trust in peer review from the perspective of economics.
What have academic book publishers been for? And what might they be for, in the future? Part 2