Britain Must Support Open-Access Publishing

19 June 2012

The country needs to recognize and embrace a fundamental shift in scholarly communication toward open access, according to a government-commissioned report.

[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]


Open Textbook Catalog @ University of Minnesota

5 June 2012

In an effort to reduce costs for students, the College of Education and Human Development has created this catalog of open textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members.

via University of Minnesota.


Saying Costly Subscriptions ‘Cannot Be Sustained,’ Harvard Library Committee Urges Open Access – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

24 April 2012

The rising cost of journal subscriptions has created an “untenable situation” for the Harvard Library, according to the library’s Faculty Advisory Council. In a frank open letter to the Harvard faculty, the council warns that the library faces a subscription crisis “exacerbated by efforts of certain publishers” to bundle journals into high-priced packages. The letter does not name those publishers but says that Harvard now pays almost $3.75-million a year for their journals. “Continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable,” the council says. It urges faculty and students to “move prestige to open access,” and lays out several steps that researchers and librarians can take.

via Saying Costly Subscriptions ‘Cannot Be Sustained,’ Harvard Library Committee Urges Open Access – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education.


How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?

5 March 2012

The Modern Language Association (MLA) likes to keep up with the times. Some information breaks first or only on Twitter and a good academic needs to be able to cite those sources. So, the MLA has devised a standard format for citing a tweet.

[Source: The Atlantic]


Princeton U. Adopts Open-Access Policy

30 September 2011

The mandate puts the university in line with a growing number of institutions that encourage researchers to make copies of their articles freely available online.

[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]


About MediaCommons | MediaCommons

10 March 2011

MediaCommons, a project-in-development with support from the Institute for the Future of the Book (part of the Annenberg Center for Communication at USC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a network in which scholars, students, and other interested members of the public can help to shift the focus of scholarship back to the circulation of discourse. This network is community-driven, responding flexibly to the needs and desires of its users. It will also be multi-nodal, providing access to a wide range of intellectual writing and media production, including forms such as blogs, wikis, and journals, as well as digitally networked scholarly monographs.

via About MediaCommons | MediaCommons.


University Presses Are Urged to Work Together to Survive

7 March 2011

A new report by the Association of American University Presses takes stock of what publishers are trying and what works in a climate where change is the only constant.

[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]


Free ‘Video Book’ From MIT Press Challenges Limits of Scholarship

24 February 2011

Learning From YouTube, a free “video book,” is the first online-only book the press has published. It has helped developers build a new platform for authorship that they hope will be used for more such works.

Will similar publications, backed by established presses, count toward tenure?

[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]


E-Books’ Varied Formats Make Citations a Mess for Scholars

9 February 2011

E-book readers use different page-numbering systems, forcing academics to find other ways to provide the citations that are crucial to scholarship.

[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]


A ‘Facebook of Science’ Seeks to Reshape Peer Review

3 February 2011

Vitek Tracz hopes to reinvent the basics of scholarly communication, increasing openness, with a network of scientists evaluating each other’s work.

[Source: Chronicle of Higher Education]


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