Tag Archives: academic publishing

Two steps forward, one step back — The pandemic’s impact on open access progress

(4 Aug 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: “The COVID pandemic has given us a clear view of the value of open science, yet has also created conditions where implementing open science may not be feasible. We know that the transition to OA was likely to be financially disruptive, even under good market conditions, but now in […]


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Digital driving 2019 growth in academic publishing

(28 Jul 2020) 2019 saw the invoiced value of combined UK publisher sales of academic and professional books and journals rise by 1.3%, to nearly £3.3bn – 25.8% higher than in 2015. Digital is driving this growth in academic publishing, with a 4.2% rise in digital sales revenue in 2019 slightly outweighing a 4.6% print sales […]


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New report from Digital Science on how COVID-19 is changing research culture

(4 Jun 2020) Digital Science has today released a report highlighting the global research landscape trends and cultural changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report How COVID-19 is Changing Research Culture analyses publication trends, regional focal points of research, collaboration patterns, and top institutional producers of research in COVID-19. The report key findings include:  As of […]


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How coronavirus is changing research practices and publishing

(22 May 2020)  Nature Index reviewed recent development on scholarly communication affected by the epidemic of COVID-19, including: Funding worries weigh down early-career researchers COVID-19 widens the gender gap in medical research Wikipedia favours peer-reviewed research Australian researchers face job cuts due to coronavirus shut-down How could coronavirus change academic careers? Preprint servers enhance screening […]


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The full-service paper mill and its Chinese customers

(24 Jan 2020)  An investigation by Elisabeth Bik, Smut Clyde, Morty and Tiger BB8 reveals the workings of a paper mill. Its customers are Chinese doctors desperate for promotion. Apparently even journal editors are part of the scam, publishing fraudulent made-up science. Read the full story here.  


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Publish or perish? Faculty publishing decisions and the RPT process

(30 Jul 2019)  As tenured faculty positions become increasingly competitive, the pressure to publish—especially in “high impact” journals—has never been greater. As a result, many of today’s academics believe having a strong publication record is necessary for the review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) process. Publishing, for some, has become synonymous with professional success. A survey of faculty […]


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Russian site says it has brokered authorships for more than 10,000 researchers

(18 Jul 2019)  Want to be a first author on a scholarly paper? A Russian company has you covered — starting at about $500. The company claims to have added the names of more than 10,000 researchers to more than 2,000 published articles in scholarly journals over the past three years. Think eBay — or […]


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Emerging trends in the academic publishing lifecycle

(27 Mar 2019)  “The academic publication lifecycle has undergone radical changes over the past several years. These changes have a significant impact on how scholarship will be written, published, promoted, and read in the future.”  Christine Tulley, Professor of English, Director of the Masters in Rhetoric and Writing Program, and Academic Development Coordinator at The University of Findlay, […]


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There are new frontiers for academic publishing but scholarly associations and faculty must seize the opportunities

(24 August 2017) Scholarly publishing faces daunting challenges. Rising journal costs have seen many universities have to make strategic cuts to library collections. To Kyle Siler, the digital world has opened new niches and frontiers for academic publishing, offering many innovative and diverse possibilities. But opportunities must be grasped by scientific professional associations that have […]


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Collaboration is essential for the Future of the Academic Book, finds Academic Book of the Future Report

(13 June 2017) Two major new reports published today demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to […]


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White paper proposes democratized OA academic journal publishing to solve serials crisis

(1 March 2017, Chicago, IL) Scholastica, a peer review and open access (OA) publishing platform for academic journals, announces Democratizing Academic Journals: Technology, Services, and Open Access, a new white paper on the state of academic journal publishing. The paper proposes an upending of the corporate publisher paradigm to make OA journal publishing sustainable. The […]


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IGI Global partners with Asian institutions

(7 May 2016) IGI Global recently announced several new partnerships with the Convergent Research Society Among Humanities, Sociology, Science and Technology (HSST) and the International Academic Consulting and Services (IACS) of South Korea, and the International Center for Informatics Research (ICIR) in China. Through these partnerships, IGI Global is continually showing their commitment to innovation […]


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Elsevier complaint shuts down Sci-Hub domain name

(4 May 2016) TorrentFreak reports that Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier. Hoping to stop the unauthorized distribution of millions of academic papers, academic publisher Elsevier filed a complaint against Sci-Hub and several related sites last year. Elsevier’s legal team obtained a preliminary injunction from a New […]


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Lulu Press challenges the economics of traditional academic publishing with the launch of Glass Tree Academic Publishing

(12 April 2016, Raleigh, NC)   – Lulu, the world’s first and largest independent publisher, announced at the London Book Fair the launch of Glass Tree, an online publishing site dedicated to meeting the needs of academic and scholarly authors and communities. “The knowledge that academics can share with the world is of phenomenal consequence to society […]


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INTACT begins its work

(23 February 2016) In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT started its work. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof: The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges from university and research institutions. The constantly […]


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