ATG Book of the Week: Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know

by | Jul 6, 2018 | 0 comments

Title: Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Author: Rick Anderson
Hardback: 9780190639440, $74; Paperback: 9780190639457, $16.95; Ebook: To purchase visit your preferred Ebook provider
Imprint: New York: Oxford University Press, 2018

“The internet has transformed the ways in which scholars and scientists share their findings with each other and the world, creating a scholarly communication environment that is both more complex and more effective than it was just a few years earlier. “Scholarly communication” itself has become an umbrella term for the increasingly complex ecosystem of publications, platforms, and tools that scholars, scientists, and researchers use to share their work with each other and with other interested readers.

Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know® offers an accessible overview of the current landscape, examining the state of affairs in the worlds of journal and book publishing, copyright law, emerging access models, digital archiving, university presses, metadata, and much more. Anderson discusses many of the problems that arise due to conflicts between the various values and interests at play within these systems: values that include the public good, academic freedom, the advancement of science, and the efficient use of limited resources. The implications of these issues extend far beyond academia.

Organized in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, this book provides a lively and helpful summary of some of the most important issues and developments in the world of scholarly communication — a world that affects our everyday lives far more than we may realize.”

 

Reviews

“Every scholar who reads or writes professionally needs to read this book. Rick Anderson synthesizes a wide range of essential information and explains what everyone needs to know with insight and straightforward good sense.”– James R. Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association and Associate Faculty in the Department of History at the University of Chicago

“Many people know Anderson for his regular contributions to The Scholarly Kitchen, the blog of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and this book is a great companion to the blog. Anderson makes the point that scholarly communication is important to anyone concerned about politics, medical information, property values, and other everyday interests, as well as to academics and scholars. The book is thoughtful, easy to understand, and an interesting read. It offers an excellent overview of the opportunities and challenges associated with scholarly communication as well as future scenarios to envision and ponder.”– Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, Senior Research Scientist & Director of User Research, OCLC Research

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