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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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          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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