Presses

Survival -- Through Open Access

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Utah State University Press, which faced threat of elimination, will continue to operate as a scholarly publisher, but with a new model.

A College Press Run By Undergrads

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A Vermont college creates a publishing enterprise for students, by students.

The Research Trust

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Think of it as Oprah’s Book Club for scholars.

Academics may cringe at the comparison, but that is essentially the idea behind the Oxford Bibliographies Online: Someone you trust telling you what, among endless options, you should read -- in classics, criminology, Islamic studies, social work, or any of the other 50 areas of study the Oxford University Press plans to add to the new online reference guide by the end of 2015.

SMU Suspends Its University Press

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Southern Methodist University is suspending the operations of its university press -- a move that has angered faculty members and other supporters of the institution's publishing arm.

Control of a Beloved Book

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Some in academic publishing think the latest twist in the story of Black Elk Speaks amounts to poetic justice. Others see a sign of just how vulnerable their industry is these days. In either case, this is the story of a book that is much loved and whose fate has been much debated.

Abandoning an Experiment

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Rice U. shuts down its digital university press -- going against recommendations of outside reviewers. With 2 other presses closing, some see growing vulnerability for small outfits.

Egg on Its Interface

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Criticism from librarians prompts JSTOR to promise changes to its recently redesigned database portal.

Another Press Stops Publishing

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Susquehanna U. Press is placed "on hiatus." Move follows decisions at Rice, Scranton and SMU.

New Models for University Presses

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A special issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing being released today features a series of calls for change in the way university presses are run -- suggesting that the current business model is collapsing.

The essays in the journal argue that the strategy of bolstering the existing model of selling print versions of monographs is doomed to fail, even if many advocates for scholarly publishing have defended it amid the economic and technological changes of the last decade.

'Lahore With Love' -- Without a Publisher

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Lahore With Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani Style was published last year by Syracuse University Press, and the fictionalized memoir quickly won praise. Henry Louis Gates Jr. called it "marvelously compelling and endlessly entertaining, at once poignantly personal and richly political."

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