Overview of scholarly publishing
SHORT VIDEOS (about 65 minutes total)
- Historian Aileen Fyfe from the University of St. Andrews speaks about the past and future of scholarly publishing in her September 2015 keynote address at OASPA. Time index 27:25-45:30 focuses on peer review; the first 27 minutes are a wonderful history of scholarly publishing if you have time, and the Q&A session (to time index 54:24) is also great.
(Zeeba: Sept 30, 2015)
- What is the role of research libraries and scholarly publishing in supporting the research of tomorrow? This 30 minute video features Catherine Murray-Rust, Vice Provost for Learning Excellence and Dean of Libraries at the Georgia Institute of Technology. http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/where-research-goes-so-goes-research-libraries-and-scholarly-publishing-catherine-murray (Elsevier: Feb 13, 2013)
- Derek Groen, a lecturer at Brunel University London, speaks to some of the unique perspectives, concerns and ideas that early career academics have regarding scholarly publishing in (you can start at about time index 1:00). https://bit.ly/2Kap9YI (University College London: Sept 30, 2015)
- Gary Spencer, Associate Director of Product Management in Wiley’s Global Research Division, ponders the staying power of the PDF format in scholarly publishing. The presentation includes a brief history of digital publishing, and a look at how PDF and HTML have evolved. https://bit.ly/2te2cJD (Wiley: Nov 11, 2013)
ARTICLES & REPORTS
- Joyce Ogburn’s book chapter on the history and future of scholarly communications principles provides a good foundation for understanding why scholcomm reform efforts look the way they do: https://bit.ly/21MdLzx.
- Diane Harley’s 2010 work, “Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines,” gives a great overview of the unique and common challenges of scholarly communication across disciplines. http://escholarship.org/uc/cshe_fsc (Berkeley: 2010).
- Harley also takes an exhaustive look at the peer review system (particularly in relation to academic promotion) in “Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future.” http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1xv148c8#page-1 (Berkeley: 2011).Mark Ware has also written a wonderful overview of the peer review and journal submission and editing process. https://bit.ly/2llND2k (Publishing Research Consortium: 2013)
- What is the future of scholarly scientific communication? These proceedings from the Royal Academy’s April 2015 conference highlight the ideas of participants. https://bit.ly/2tpu2Sq (Royal Society: April 2015)
- Nature ran a very interesting series of articles in a special issue in 2013 focusing on the future of scholarly publishing. https://go.nature.com/2I62OWo (Nature: 2013)
- In these proceedings from the Science Communication Institute’s 2013 “Journals & Science” conference, speakers weigh in on a constellation of issues at the intersection of science and publishing, from peer review to tenure to impact factors and more. https://bit.ly/2I8MUKP (Science Communication Institute: Nov 2013)
- What do publishers do? This Scholarly Kitchen post by Kent Anderson details a few of the contributions (96 to be exact) publishers often make to scholarship beyond their more visible activities like peer review, editing, formatting and printing. https://bit.ly/2tnscl3 (Scholarly Kitchen: Feb 1, 2016).
- A study done at Cambridge University toward the end of 2013 looked at how the university could meet the compliance requirements of the RCUK open access policy. This article by Danny Kingsley notes that that there is no contact with the university during the process of research and publishing—there is no official checkpoint where academics had to tell the University about what they were doing. https://unlockingresearch.blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=515 (Cambridge: Feb 1, 2016)