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“Scholarly Presses Discuss What It Takes to Survive”

Posted in Publishing, University Presses on June 22nd, 2009

In "Scholarly Presses Discuss What It Takes to Survive," Jennifer Howard of The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Association of American University Presses 2009 Annual Meeting (restricted access URL).

Here's an excerpt:

"As we know, the crisis in scholarly communication is now in its fifth decade," joked Mr. Armato of the University of Minnesota Press. . . .

The comment got a laugh, but it also set up an assault on what Mr. Armato called the "polarizing and self-serving rhetoric" that fills the debate over open access and scholarly publishing. Yes, we have to learn to live with and through "the transformation that lies not ahead of us but all around us," he advised. Nobody wants to be the ancien régime, Mr. Armato said—look what happened when the tumbrels rolled—but he pointed out that "revolutions often begin without much consideration" of what's lost on the road to utopia. Revolutionary rhetoric has done more to harm scholarly communication than to advance it, as revolutions tend to ignore "the human, social, and cultural consequences of those steps and what is destroyed along the way," he warned.

Read more about it at "Academic Publishing in the Humanities" and “Change or Die?

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    Position Statement From University Press Directors on Free Access to Scholarly Journal Articles

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on June 7th, 2009

    Ten university press directors have issued a statement about free access to scholarly journal articles.

    Here's an excerpt:

    1. The undersigned university press directors support the dissemination of scholarly research as broadly as possible.
    2. We support the free access to scientific, technical, and medical journal articles no later than 12 months after publication. We understand that the length of time before free release of journal articles will by necessity vary for other disciplines.
    3. We support the principle that scholarly research fully funded by governmental entities is a public good and should be treated as such. We support legislation that strengthens this principle and oppose legislation designed to weaken it.
    4. We support the archiving and free release of the final, published version of scholarly journal articles to ensure accuracy and citation reliability.
    5. We will work directly with academic libraries, governmental entities, scholarly societies, and faculty to determine appropriate strategies concerning dissemination options, including institutional repositories and national scholarly archives.

    Read more about it at "10 University-Press Directors Back Free Access to Scholarly Articles."

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      Library/University Press Cooperation: Index of Collaborations

      Posted in Libraries, Publishing, University Presses on June 7th, 2009

      The Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Scholarly Communication Program has released the Index of Collaborations, which identifies library and university press joint projects.

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        University of Pittsburgh Press Makes 500 Titles Open Access and Print-on-Demand

        Posted in Open Access, Print-on-Demand, Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on May 14th, 2009

        The University of Pittsburgh Press has made 500 out-of-print titles open access with a future fee-based print-on-demand option.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        The University of Pittsburgh Press, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Library System and the Chicago Digital Distribution Center (CDDC), is making nearly 500 out-of-print Press titles available again for scholars and students around the world.

        Representing the full range of scholarly series and subject areas published by the Press, these titles are now part of the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions collection, fully searchable and freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection through the University of Pittsburgh Library System's D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Over the next year, they will also be made available for purchase in reasonably priced paperback editions through the CDDC. Readers and researchers may read and search the full texts online, and those who wish to have a print copy may purchase it through retail outlets or directly from the Press.

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          Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten LSU Press

          Posted in Higher Education Budget Cuts, Publishing, University Presses on May 7th, 2009

          The Louisiana State University Press is listed in "Louisiana State University System: Preliminary Budget Reduction Proposals" under a $4,100,000 "Cut general fund support to academic support units" item, which says:

          This cut will require certain academic support entities to implement new fees for their services or to increase their existing fees to students, faculty, staff, and/or the general public. Because of the nature of some of these entities and their fixed cost of operation, it is very possible they cannot generate the revenue needed and will close. Examples of units that may be impacted as a result of this type of decision are the LSU Museum of Art, Rural Life Museum, Hilltop Arboretum, LSU Press, Southern Review, Louisiana Library Network, Alumni Association and the Fire & Emergency Training Institute.

          Read more about it at "Louisiana State U. Press Might Get the Ax."


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            Six University Presses Get Mellon Grant for Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative

            Posted in Grants, Publishing, University Presses on April 28th, 2009

            The Alabama Press, University of Arizona Press, the University Press of Colorado, the University Press of Florida, the Texas A&M University Press and the University of Utah Press have received a $282,000 one-year planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative, a digital collection of New World archaeology scholarship.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            Together, the institutions will explore ways to deliver data- and illustration-rich digital editions of cutting-edge archaeological research.

            The project, the "Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative," will give scholars and professional archaeologists the ability to review supplemental data not often contained in conventionally published volumes.

            "This initiative enables each press to break out of the traditional monograph form, in which it is often financially impossible to offer digital resources alongside the book," said Kathryn Conrad, interim director of the UA Press. . . .

            The books produced as part of this initiative will be enhanced by large data sets, color illustrations, video components, three-dimensional, rotatable images, and in some cases, interactive components such as reader commenting. . . .

            If the program reaches full implementation, the presses could potentially create a third-party entity devoted to the creation and maintenance of the digital platform.

            The presses also plan to work on a business model for the proposed platform. In addition, the presses plan to develop a prototype digital book, providing a workable platform that could potentially be used by scholarly presses around the world.

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              UC Press and the California Digital Library Announce University of California Publishing Services

              Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, University Presses on April 22nd, 2009

              The University of California Press and the California Digital Library have announced their new University of California Publishing Services unit.

              Here's an excerpt from the post:

              This integrated system combines print distribution, sales, and marketing services offered by UC Press with the open access digital publishing services provided by the California Digital Library through eScholarship. UCPubS is part of the University of California's broader effort to ensure a sustainable scholarly publishing system in the service of research and teaching.

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                University of Washington Press to Publish for Kindle and Use BookSurge

                Posted in E-Books, Print-on-Demand, Publishing, University Presses on April 20th, 2009

                The University of Washington Press will begin to publish some converted print books as e-books for the Kindle. It also plans to begin to use Amazon's print-on-demand BookSurge service for some books.

                Read more about it at "UW Press Dabbles with Kindle, Amazon Print on Demand."

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                  Cambridge University Press Staff Cuts Reduced

                  Posted in Publishing, University Presses on April 7th, 2009

                  After consultation and protests, Cambridge University Press is planning to limit job cuts in its printing division to 60 positions.

                  Read more about it at "Cambridge University Press: Dons Step in as Digital Age Threatens Jobs at World's Oldest Publisher" and "Cambridge University Press Plans Scores of Job Cuts."

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                    “Reflections on University Press Publishing”

                    Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on April 5th, 2009

                    In "Reflections on University Press Publishing," a former University of Toronto Press executive examines the current state of university presses.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    As the revenue from sales of books decreases, there has been a corresponding increase in the need for subventions. The average monetary loss from publication of a scholarly book is in the range of $10,000-$12,000—defined as the shortfall between anticipated revenue and all costs, including all fixed and variable costs. In Canada, the usual subvention for an academic book (provided by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program) is $8000. Thus there is a need for $2000-$4000 in additional subvention for each book published. Some scholarly publishers are able to find this money from within their own operation—usually from private endowments. Frequently, publishers are asking authors to subsidize their own books—either from research funds or, in some cases, from their own pockets. In some cases, publishers are forced to ask authors to provide books in camera ready form—effectively becoming their own typesetters—to subsidize this cost.

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                      Faced with 20% Sales Drop, University of New Mexico Press Cuts Jobs and May Outsource More

                      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on April 1st, 2009

                      In "U of New Mexico Press Downsizes," Rachel Deahl reports that the University of New Mexico Press is cutting jobs, and it may outsource warehouse/customer service operations to cope with a 20% sales decline.

                      Read more about it at “Most. Revealing. Press Release. Ever“; “UNM Press Announces Reorganization“; and “UNM Press to Fire Three Employees.”

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                        Estimated 10% Sales Drop at Harvard University Press

                        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on April 1st, 2009

                        According to “Harvard Press Sales Down,” Mary Kate Maco, Publicity Director at Harvard University Press, believes that sales at the press may have “declined similarly to the national average of 10 percent calculated by the American Association of University Presses.”

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