“Shouldn’t be 8 years to publish a book” and other Hot Topics of the Week

by | Oct 15, 2013 | 0 comments

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College 

library-book-shelvesThe Oberlin Group’s Lever Initiative (open-access consortial scholarly press) has posted some notes from their series of one-hour workshops with over 50 library directors.  Lots of interesting comments, including “Shouldn’t be 8 years to publish a book” and “Students directed to read journals not monographs.”

OAPEN-UK is a collaborative research project gathering evidence to help stakeholders make informed decisions on the future of open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.”  Oxford University Press has signed on, and has also released some free content for the duration of the US government shutdown.  Also, OAPEN is teaming up with OpenEdition.  And EBSCO Information Services is now a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

EBSCO’s annual serials price projection is now available.  Gary F. Daught notices some interesting things in it.

Knowledge Unlatched has launched a pilot collection of scholarly books to be made open-access, if libraries will support it.  LYRASIS is hosting free webinars about it on Oct. 16 & 22.

In Mother Jones, Michael Mechanic explains the radical history of the Public Library of Science.  Meanwhile, Richard Poynder has a Q&A with neurogeneticist Björn Brembs on the state of open access (and how Brazilians have helped).

You’ve probably heard about the “sting” that exposed open-access publishers as willing to publish bogus articles.  NPR talks to the person who did the experiment.  At SPARC, Heather Joseph explains some problems with the way it was done.  And paleontologist Michael Taylor makes it a teachable moment on “how to design and execute a really bad study.”

And of course, how might one get a book contract in Peru?  Lucha Libro.  I don’t see this type of event on the Charleston Conference schedule, but perhaps next year?  See y’all up there soon!

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