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University of California cancels deal with Elsevier after months of negotiations

After months of negotiating over open-access fees and paywalls, the University of California System follows through on threat to cancel its journal subscription deal with Elsevier.

Author discusses new book defending the quality of American higher education

What if the critics are (mostly) wrong? Author discusses his new book about why American colleges and universities are stronger than many believe, even though they do face challenges.

Elsevier journal editors resign, start rival open-access journal

Following in the footsteps of linguistics journal Lingua, the editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics has resigned and launched a rival journal that will be free for all to read.

Printer closures, paper shortages lead to delays for university publishers

Printer closures and paper shortages create scheduling headaches for academic authors and staff at university presses.

Author discusses his new book on how writing is and should be taught

Author discusses his new book about “killing the five-paragraph essay” and other ways schools and colleges could do a better job of teaching writing.

University of California challenges Elsevier over access to scholarly research

University of California System is playing hardball with Elsevier in negotiations that could transform the way it pays to read and publish research. But does the UC system have the clout to pull it off?

In switch to digital-first products, publishers are signing fewer textbook authors

Leading academic publishers are signing fewer textbook authors and instead channeling investments into digital courseware.

In the face of criticism that he's a Holocaust victim blamer, co-author of wellness textbook says he meant to inspire people

Co-author of wellness textbook says he meant to inspire people to know their self-worth and lead healthier lives. But critics say his book implies that those who died in the Holocaust were weak and that cancer is a choice.

Philip Roth's relationship to academe? It's complicated

Several of novelist Philip Roth's books called out academics as misguided, hyper-political or overtly ambitious. But professors say he was happy to be taught at colleges.

More institutions consider ending their 'big deals' with publishers

An increasing number of universities are ending, or threatening to end, bundled journal subscriptions with major publishers.

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