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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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      University Presses Face Hard Times, University of Michigan Press Goes Digital

      Posted in Publishing, University Presses on March 29th, 2009

      As university presses struggle with increasing financial challenges, the University of Michigan Press is merging with the University Library and it will emphasize an innovative new model of digital monograph publication.

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        Open Access Publishing in European Networks Launches Newsletter

        Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on March 28th, 2009

        OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) has launched a newsletter, sending the first issue out as a message on the SPARC-OAForum list.

        Here's an excerpt:

        First meeting of the Scientific Board

        The OAPEN project has installed two external bodies (External stakeholder Group and Scientific Board) to ensure that the needs of scholars, publishers, funders and universities are met by the project's findings and developments. The Scientific Board of OAPEN consists of several international renowned scholars known for their expertise in publishing. Among them are scholars promoting Open Access such as Jean Claude Guédon (University of Montreal) or Gerhard Lauer (University of Göttingen), publishers and editors making electronic publishing come true like Charles Henry (Rice University Press) or Siggi Jöttkandt (Open Humanities Press), but also representatives from funders and university associations like Sarah Porter (JISC) and Sijbolt Noorda (EUA).

        The first meeting constituted the Scientific Board as an active part of OAPEN. The board members will serve as a consulting and inspiring body for OAPEN during the funding period and hopefully beyond. Conclusions from the first board meeting were for instance to account for widespread conservative publishing attitudes among HSS scholars and at the same time the need to promote new modes of publishing such as more fluid media forms. The board members emphasised the importance of publisher-organised quality control and Open Access experiments for the mentioned fields and encouraged the project partners to conduct OAPEN as planned


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          Almost Half of University of Missouri Press’ Staff to Be Let Go

          Posted in Publishing, University Presses on March 17th, 2009

          Almost half of the University of Missouri Press' staff (7 out of 18) will be laid off.

          Read more about it at "Univ. of MO Press Laying Off Nearly Half of Its Staff."

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            Digital Videos from Texas A&M's the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age Symposium

            Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Texas Academic Libraries, University Presses on March 5th, 2009

            Texas A&M University has made digital videos of presentations from its recent the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age Symposium available.

            Speakers included:

            • Georgia K. Harper, Scholarly Communications Advisor, University of Texas at Austin
            • Michael J. Jensen, Director of Publishing Technologies, National Academies Press
            • Michael A. Keller, Stanford University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Publisher of HighWire Press, and Publisher of Stanford University Press
            • Clifford A. Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
            • David E. Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Association for State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
            • Stuart M. Shieber, James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
            • Donald J. Waters, Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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              ARL, AAU, CNI, and NASULGC Release "The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship—A Call to Action"

              Posted in Copyright, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, University Presses on February 12th, 2009

              The Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, have released "The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship."

              Here's an excerpt:

              Primary Recommendation: Campuses should initiate discussions involving administration and faculty about modifying current practices and/or its intellectual property policies such that the university retains a set of rights sufficient to ensure that broad dissemination of the research and scholarly work produced by its faculty occurs. . . .

              Some specific institutional strategies include:

              • Initiate a process to develop an institutional dissemination plan by explicitly evaluating existing dissemination activities, policies relating to promotion and tenure, and policies regarding faculty copyrights. For instance, charge a campus blue ribbon task force to advise the provost on key issues raised by the emergence of new forms of scholarly publishing and the gains that might be had by utilizing more effective ways of sharing the high quality results of the processes of scholarly and creative endeavor.
              • With this foundation, develop priorities for supporting new dissemination strategies that enhance the value of the multifaceted investments in faculty research and scholarship by promoting the broadest possible access to it.
              • Engage departments on campus in developing fresh articulations of the criteria that are appropriate for judging the quality of contributions to their discipline, criteria that embrace emerging forms of scholarly work, where those possess the same attributes of quality and contribution to new knowledge, and do not rely solely on traditional publications and historic practices.
              • Develop institutional policies that enable the university to disseminate the full range of its community’s products now and in the future.
              • Where local dissemination infrastructure exists (such as institutional repositories), promote its use and expand its capabilities as required. Where needed, build new infrastructure that supports documentation of the products of faculty work, both for grant management and compliance and for more general purposes.
              • Seek opportunities to invest in shared dissemination infrastructure with other institutions – through shared facilities or by contributing funds to the development of dissemination services by another institution.
              • Encourage faculty authors to modify contracts with publishers so that their contracts permit immediate open access or delayed public access to peer reviewed work in a manner that does not threaten the viability of the journals or monographs.
              • Develop policies or strategies that redirect resources from high cost /low value dissemination practices to development of dissemination mechanisms residing inside the academy.
              • Where universities support presses, work to realign presses more directly with the university mission. Encourage press investments in dissemination activities that correspond to areas of excellence on campus. Consider revising reporting relationships to encourage collaboration between presses and libraries. Invest in press/library collaborations.
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                Harvard University Press Launches Open Access Law Journal

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on February 3rd, 2009

                The Harvard University Press has launched the Journal of Legal Analysis, an open access journal published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                A couple things make the JLA different than the average law journal. First, it's online. At the end of each year, articles will be bundled, printed, and sold to those who wish to procure such a volume, but the focus is on the website, where all articles will be posted, for free, as soon as they are ready for publication. In addition, we're hoping the journal fills a gap in the legal publishing landscape by providing a peer-reviewed, faculty-edited journal that covers the entire academy. In the words of Editor-in-Chief Mark Ramseyer: "Until JLA, there has not been a faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journal that covered the whole span of the legal academy. There have been faculty-edited journals for subfields, but not for the entire discipline. With the JLA, we are trying to create a faculty-edited journal that will be the flagship journal for the law school faculty as a whole."

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                  Campus-based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues

                  Posted in Digital Presses, Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on January 22nd, 2009

                  SPARC has published Campus-based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues.

                  Here's an excerpt from the report's Web page:

                  SPARC’s Campus-based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues addresses issues relevant to building sound and balanced partnerships, including:

                  • Establishing governance and administrative structures;
                  • Identifying funding models that accommodate the objectives of both libraries and presses;
                  • Defining a partnership’s objectives to align the missions of the library and the press;
                  • Determining what services to provide; and
                  • Demonstrating the value of the collaboration.

                  Also see SPARC's new Campus-based Publishing Resource Center.

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                    Utah State University Press May Lose University Subsidy

                    Posted in Higher Education Budget Cuts, Publishing, University Presses on January 20th, 2009

                    In "Could a Press End Up on Chopping Block?," Scott Jaschik reports that Utah State University may end its subsidy of its press if anticipated cuts in the state budget are made.

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                      Stanford's HighWire Press Hits 5 Million Article Mark

                      Posted in Digital Presses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on December 3rd, 2008

                      With the addition of a backfile 1884 article, "Dermatitis Herpetiformis," in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, hit the five million article mark. Over two million of those articles are freely available.

                      Read more about it at "5 Million Articles Online at HighWire: The Evolution of an e-Publishing Platform."

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                        Sandy Thatcher, Director of the Penn State University Press, to Retire

                        Posted in Publishing, University Presses on November 21st, 2008

                        Sandy Thatcher, prolific author and vocal advocate for university presses, will retire from his position as Director of the Penn State University Press. The Press has posted an ad for his position, and Tony Sanfilippo has written a tribute posting on the Are You Loving Publishing Today? blog. Sanfilippo's posting says: "Sandy won't be leaving until sometime next year, and he’s likely to continue to freelance as an acquisitions editor after that."

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