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The State of Scholarly Publishing

May 23, 2009

I wonder about the state of scholarly publication, after reading about the Elsevier scandal. It’s not that I don’t know that such things do happen. But to know that it happens for a publisher like Elsevier, it’s just really scary. I’m really wondering the state of scholarly communication.

Anyway, a new book on the state of scholarly publishing:

The State of Scholarly Pubishing

The State of Scholarly Pubishing

The State of Scholarly Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities

by Albert N. Greco, Editor
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1058-6
Pages: 292
Publication Date: 06/30/09
Binding: Paper / Transaction Publishers.

Summary from publisher:
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.

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