Episode 40 – Super Models

27 March, 200910 comments

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In a freewheeling news roundup we discuss the significance of a number of major changes in academic publishing, including MIT going open access, the University of Michigan Press going digital, Sony putting 500,000 books on their digital reading device, and the impact of budget cuts on presses and journals. We explore new models for academic publishing in the face of the economic downturn and the digital revolution. Picks of the week include a way for new Twitter users to find others in their discipline, documents from the National Security Archive, and a deadline for an unconference.

Other links mentioned on the podcast:
Stan Katz, “A Computer is Not a Typewriter
UVA phasing out computer labs

Running time: 40:15
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10 comments to “Episode 40 – Super Models”

  1. Rachel : 3rd April, 2009

    Not all scholarly publishers are flourishing – Spring Science and Business media – the 2nd largest academic publisher is for sale. http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6648105.html

  2. Liz M. C. S. : 6th April, 2009

    I hope any schools getting rid of computer labs find a way for students to print from their own computers (I have not seen many that do). As both an undergrad and grad student, that’s all I used the school computers for. Students have less need to print now: many professors/instructors take work via email or course management software, and more students have laptops to bring to class in order to look at readings. But, some still want paper copies, and sometimes a student needs print copies of readings or other materials (to write on it, to cut it up, etc., or it’s too long to read on a regular computer comfortably).

  3. Rachel : 20th April, 2009

    Here is a great article on scholarly journal pricing, OA and other serials subsciption issues – http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6651248.html

    From the article:
    “Currently, about 100 new peer-reviewed journals get started each year, primarily by larger commercial publishers. Over the last couple of decades, consortia deals have stabilized revenue for many larger publishers while requiring relatively little effort to maintain. About half the publishers in the ALPSP survey negotiate deals with consortia. Financial necessity is changing the landscape for most of their subscriber base, and these publishers stand to lose significant revenue if they can’t close reasonably favorable contracts with their biggest customers. LexisNexis is an early case in point. In response to an appeal from SOLINET in January 2009, it agreed to waive its annual 2.5% annual increase, representing about $400,000 in total savings to consortia members. Some will ask if that is the kind of concession ICOLC was looking for when it asked publishers to offer real price cuts—LexisNexis reported an estimated profit of $735 million in 2008, an 18% increase over the prior year.”

  4. Cate Hirschbiel : 12th May, 2009

    What was the article mentioned about newspapers following a dead model? I believe the author’s name was Clay.

  5. admin : 12th May, 2009

    Cate: Here’s the article: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.

  6. Daniel : 19th May, 2009

    You mentioned a tool that creates online journals. “Revue” or something like that?
    Thanks

  7. Tom Scheinfeldt : 19th May, 2009

    @Daniel. Yes, http://www.revues.org/ provides first rate online publishing services for scholarly journals. Thanks for listening. Tom

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