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Ripe for Disruption – From Within?

What do people mean when they say scholarly publishing is “ripe for disruption”? Where might such disruption come from, and what will drive its success? Continue reading

Innovation, Growth and the Art of Balance

Robert Harington references our current altered state in politics as a tool to reflect on the need to invoke balance in publishing innovation, and growth. Continue reading

Publishing, Politics and Reason

Robert Harington grapples with the lack of understanding by the publishing elites on all sides of shifting ideologies of an individual’s relationship to information on the web. Continue reading

Complexity and Misrepresentation in the New York Times

Robert Harington comments on a New York Times article by Kate Murphy , published on Sunday 13th March, 2016, suggesting that when journalists write such an article they, do not fan the flames of fundamentalism, recognize the complexity at hand, and understand that there is a constructive debate to be had. Continue reading

What is an Academic Journal?

We spend much time these days wondering when the academic journal as we know it will cease to exist. Robert Harington discusses the role of the journal in light of a fascinating new venture in the field of mathematics – the overlay journal Discrete Analysis. Continue reading

The Changing Nature of Scale in STM and Scholarly Publishing

Smaller independent and society publishers are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the economies of scale around production, technology, and (most important) institutional sales that can be brought to bear by a large publisher. If you are a society that has been self-publishing for many decades, such effects may appear as only a recent headwind in a long publishing tradition. This headwind, however, is most likely not a temporary zephyr but rather a permanent fixture of the STM and scholarly publishing landscape, and one that will only increase in intensity. To understand why, it is helpful to look at the two vectors on which scale operates in STM and scholarly publishing: horizontal and vertical. While horizontal scale has long been the province of commercial publishers, society publishers are typically organized to take advantage of vertical scale. The headwinds are presently blowing along the horizontal plane, from the perspective of the society publisher. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: The New Growth Engines

Michael Clarke looks at some of the growth avenues in scholarly communications. Continue reading

Flipping, not Flopping: Converting Subscription Journals to Open Access

In an increasingly open world, should more subscription journals be converted to OA? And if so, why, how, and when? Continue reading

Central Casting — The Funding Problems We’re Baking Into the Future of Scholarly Publishing

As we drift into a scholarly economy with centralized payment mechanisms and greater dependence on government funding, are we truly setting ourselves up for long-term independence and success? Continue reading

Interview with Laurel Haak of ORCID: Supporting the Efforts with Membership and Integration

As ORCID comes close to reaching it’s goals for registrations, the organization is not yet financially stable. Laurel Haak, executive director of ORCID, answers questions about where they are at and what is coming for users and members. Continue reading

Stick To Your Ribs: Ask the Chefs: “Are We a Service Industry Or a Product Industry?”

Revisiting a 2012 post to ask, do journal authors really give their articles away for free to publishers? Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: If It Isn’t Disruption, What Is It?

Three Scholarly Kitchen chefs talk about the uses and misuses of the term “disruption” in describing what’s going on in the scholarly publishing market. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Peter Binfield on PeerJ

Peter Binfield talks about progress at PeerJ since the innovative OA journal’s launch, and where the journal is headed. 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

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Jeffrey Beall on “Predatory Open Access”

Librarian Jeffrey Beall talks about his list of predatory open access journals, the potential pitfalls of article-level metrics, and more. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Anita de Waard on the Semantic Web, Data, and Discovery

An expert on the semantic Web, structured markup, and the emerging area of research data services talks about the current state of play. Continue reading

Businessman Closes Product, Community Enraged! The Death of Tools of Change

When a popular and iconic product is ended, the outrage doesn’t match the pragmatism and agility we all espouse. TOC’s end is one such example. Continue reading

Gold for Gold — Royal Society of Chemistry Uses OA as Incentive to Sell “Big Deal” Site Licenses

A clever way to sell institutional site licenses and Gold OA together helps one publisher find the fulcrum amidst uncertainty. Continue reading

Licensing Controversy — Balancing Author Rights with Societal Good

The CC-BY license is assumed to be an open access standard, but the situation is complex — for funders, authors, universities, and publishers of all types. Perhaps a less dogmatic approach would serve all parties better. Continue reading

Mendeley, Connotea, and the Perils of Free Services

Free services and open access are distorting the publishing world. Will the big only get bigger? Continue reading

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