Sunday, May 10, 2009

New Book: The State of Scholarly Publishing

The State of Scholarly Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities / Albert N. Greco, Editor / $34.95 / ISBN: 978-1-4128-1058-6 / Pages: 292 / Publication Date: 06/30/09 / Binding: Paper / Transaction Publishers.

For decades, university presses and other scholarly and professional publishers in the United States played a pivotal role in the transmission of scholarly knowledge. Their books and journals became the “gold standard” in many academic fi elds for tenure, promotion, and merit pay.

Their basic business model was successful, since this diverse collection of presses had a unique value proposition. They dominated the scholarly publishing field with preeminent sales in three major markets or channels of distribution: libraries and institutions; college and graduate school adoptions; and general readers (i.e., sales to general retailers).

Yet this insulated world changed abruptly in the late 1990s. What happened? This book contains a superb series of articles originally published in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, by some of the best experts on scholarly communication in the western hemisphere, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Th ese authors analyze in depth the diverse and exciting challenges and opportunities scholars, universities, and publishers face in what is a period of unusual turbulence in scholarly publishing.

The topics given attention include: copyrights, the transformation of scholarly publishing from a print format to a digital one, open access, scholarly publishing in emerging nations, problems confronting journals, and information on how certain academic disciplines are coping with the transformation of scholarly publishing.

This book is a must read for anyone interested in the scholarly publishing industry’s past, its current focus, or future plans and developments.

Albert N. Greco is professor of marketing at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Fordham University. He is the editor of The Changing World of Publishing and The Media and Entertainment Industries.



Table Of Contents

Scribble, scribble, toil and trouble : forced productivity in the modern university / William W. Savage, Jr -- Scholarly journal publication : conflicting agendas for scholars, publishers, and institutions / Cass T. Miller and Julianna C. Harris -- Scholarship and silence / Lindsay Waters -- The futures of scholarly publishing / Cathy N. Davidson -- The changing market for university press books in the U.S., 1997-2002 / Albert N. Greco, Robert M. Wharton, and Hooman Estelami -- A university press publishing consortium for Africa : lessons from academic libraries / Kwasi Darko-Ampem -- The publishing experiences of historians / Margaret Stieg Dalton -- Electronic publishing in archaeology / Jingfeng Xia -- The value of knowledge created by individual scientists and research groups / Chen-Chi Chang -- Open access, intellectual property, and sustainability issues -- Exploring the willingness of scholars to accept open access : a grounded theory approach / Ji-Hong Park and Jian Qin -- Fair use in theory and practice : reflections on its history and the Google case / Sanford G. Thatcher -- A cooperative publishing model for sustainable scholarship / Robert Schroeder and Gretta E. Siegel.



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