academic publishing

Unusual Business: A University Press Goes Private, And No One is the Wiser

Unusual Business:   A University Press Goes Private, And No One is the Wiser

Difficult questions remain unanswered about how the University of Amsterdam ushered the privatization of Amsterdam University Press, colluded in embellishing the shift’s circumstances, and what that tells us about the value of academic labor when leaders of a public university embrace rather than resist breakneck capitalism.

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Long Live the Curator! Preprints and a Future for Humanities Publishing

Long Live the Curator! Preprints and a Future for Humanities Publishing

Editors, often relying on reviewers’ labor and input, tend to spend more time and energy waging a defensive war on their journal’s identity and quality than actively discovering exciting new work. Field-specific preprint repositories are one way to streamline editorial boards’ activities, allowing them to identify and curate collections from a far greater pool of papers—and potentially at earlier stages of gestation—than is their current habit.

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Beyond Sci-Hub

Beyond Sci-Hub

If you have a pressing need to read an academic paper that’s hiding behind a paywall, your quickest course of action may well be to use Sci-Hub. Less myopically perhaps, you should also ask the paper’s authors why they continue to cooperate with those for-profit publishers whose high prices have made breaking the law your path of least resistance

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Upon Leaving Academia.edu

Upon Leaving Academia.edu

Early last week I uploaded to my Academia.edu homepage a brief note signaling and explaining my decision to close my account on that site. As a medieval historian, I had been an active and enthusiastic member since 2010, with moderately high exposure, and while “On leaving Academia.edu” was meant as a provocative goodbye, I hadn’t expected it to draw much attention. In the four days that elapsed between uploading my note and closing my account, however, the text was accessed more than 22,000 times and the critical discussion board accompanying it (known as a Session) was still going strong, attracting some 2,000 active followers making numerous contributions, including from the site’s founder and CEO, its Product VP, and of course hundreds of engaged scholars and academics from around the world. 

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Geldbeluste uitgevers bedreigen wetenschap

Geldbeluste uitgevers bedreigen wetenschap

Net als veel academici, word ik regelmatig gevraagd een wetenschappelijk artikel te 'peer reviewen'. In tegenstelling tot veel collega's baseer ik mijn reactie op een dergelijk verzoek sinds kort op de vraag of de uitgever zijn kopij beschikbaar stelt aan een breder publiek. 

Waar we voorheen bezorgd waren dat het grote publiek ons werk niet begreep, is het probleem vandaag dat de geïnteresseerde leek het zich niet kan veroorloven. Het merendeel van de tijdschriftartikelen verdwijnt achter betaalmuren.

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