Archive for the 'Scholarly Books' Category

"Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries"

Posted in E-Books, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 8th, 2016

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries" by Tao Zhang, Xi Niu and Marlen Proman.

Here's an excerpt:

We report findings from an assessment of e-book user experience (search and information seeking) from usage data and user tests. The usage data showed that most reading sessions were brief and focused on certain pages, suggesting that users mainly use e-books to find specific information. The user tests found that participants tended to use default keyword search and browse the search results. Experience levels with e-books and features of e-book platforms influenced users' information seeking in e-books. The assessment results have significant implications for designing e-book features to support users' reading strategies and help libraries create a consistent user experience.

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    "Wiley Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Results"

    Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on June 16th, 2016

    John Wiley & Sons has released "Wiley Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Results."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Revenue: Fourth quarter revenue on a constant currency basis declined 1% to $275 million, with a decline in journal subscription (-2%) and print book (-8%) revenue offsetting growth in other journal revenue (+6%), digital books (+3%), and funded access (+3%). For the year, revenue on a constant currency basis rose 2% to $1,041 million, driven by journal subscriptions (+1%), funded access (+29%), and other journal revenue (+15%), which offset an overall book decline of 7%.

    See also: "Wiley Touts Digital Progress in Down Fiscal 2016."

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      "Demographics of Scholarly Publishing and Communication Professionals"

      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on June 7th, 2016

      Albert N. Greco, Robert M. Wharton, and Amy Brand have published the "Demographics of Scholarly Publishing and Communication Professionals" in Learned Publishing.

      Here's an excerpt:

      While a great deal is known about the companies active in this sector, we need to know more about the employees of the firms that edit, produce, market, and distribute today's scholarly books and journals. To achieve this goal, the researchers conducted an international survey in late 2014 and early 2015 of approximately 6,121 scholarly publishing employees in 33 nations.

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        "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on April 13th, 2016

        Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016 " in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

        Here's an excerpt:

        There are now 150 publishers of peer-reviewed open access books listed in the Directory of Open Access Books, publishing more than 4,400 open access books. 620 books were published in this quarter alone, a 16% increase in just this quarter. The Directory of Open Access Journals has been adding titles at a net rate of 6 titles per day, 540 journals added this quarter for a total of over 11,000 journals.

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          "Making OA Monographs Happen: Library-Press Collaboration at the University of Ottawa, Canada"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, University Presses on March 8th, 2016

          Tony Horava has published "Making OA Monographs Happen: Library-Press Collaboration at the University of Ottawa, Canada" in Insights: The UKSG Journal.

          Here's an excerpt:

          At the University of Ottawa, Canada, the UO Press and the UO Library have developed a strategic partnership to publish and disseminate selected new monographs as gold open access (OA). Starting in 2013, the Library agreed to fund three books at C$10,000 per book (a total of C$30,000 per year) in order to remove barriers to accessing scholarship and to align with scholarly communication goals of the University. In 2015 this agreement was renewed for another three years and the funding was increased to cover four books (a total of C$40,000 per year). Ten titles have so far been published under this model. The data reveals that there have been 12,629 downloads as well as 16,584 page views of these titles, as of September 2015. There have been over 4,700 copies (print and EPUB) sold in spite of the free availability of the PDF version.

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            The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology

            Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on February 10th, 2016

            Ithaka S+R has released The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology .

            Here's an excerpt:

            While there have been numerous efforts to understand the costs of publishing a scholarly monograph, this study is unique in that we worked with an advisory group of university press publishers to identify all of the cost components in scholarly monographic publishing and to work with a wide variety of university presses to calculate their costs of each of those components in a bottom-up fashion.

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              "Library Publishing and Diversity Values: Changing Scholarly Publishing through Policy and Scholarly Communication Education"

              Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on February 3rd, 2016

              Charlotte Roh has published "Library Publishing and Diversity Values: Changing Scholarly Publishing through Policy and Scholarly Communication Education" in College & Research Libraries News.

              Here's an excerpt:

              What are the consequences of this lack of diversity in publishing, librarianship, and faculty? We know already that privilege can bias access to material, which is part of why the open access movement exists, to alleviate the barriers that cost can create for researchers. However, one possible consequence is a feedback loop in scholarship that privileges and publishes the majority voice, which is often white and male.

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                OAPEN-UK Final Report: A Five-Year Study into Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

                Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on February 1st, 2016

                OAPEN-UK has released OAPEN-UK Final Report: A Five-Year Study into Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences .

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Examining the attitudes and perceptions of funders, researchers, publishers, learned societies, universities and libraries, our study reiterated the deep strength of feeling and connectedness that each group has with the monograph, especially in terms of identity and reputation. It also found that while many think open access is a good idea in principle, there is uncertainty about how easy it would be to implement the necessary policies and systems to support OA monographs.

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                  The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on November 13th, 2015

                  Michael Elliott has self-archived The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Over the course of six months, our working group endeavored to consider whether a model of university-funded monograph publication could improve the publishing landscape for scholars in the humanities and facilitate the "digital transition" that Berkery foresees. Under such a model, a university would bear a high percentage of the publication costs through an initial contract. The university press would produce a high quality, open-access digital publication, as well as make the book available in print form—possibly through print-on-demand.

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                    Research Library Issues, no. 287

                    Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2015

                    ARL has released Research Library Issues, no. 287.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 287, an issue in which Rikk Mulligan offers an overview of the history of scholarly communication from its beginnings in the 17th century to recent innovations in digital and hybrid publishing.

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                      The Once and Future Publishing Library

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on August 3rd, 2015

                      The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Once and Future Publishing Library .

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives.

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                        "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2015

                        Adelia Grabowsky has published "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management" in Virginia Libraries.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This article examines if and how the integration of OA materials has changed collection and/or access management activities within academic libraries.

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