Books and Publishing

Books and Publishing
Mar 18, 2021
As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.
Academics prefer to read and cite final published versions of journal articles instead of prepublication works, publisher's survey finds.
University of California system secures a landmark open-access deal with publisher Elsevier. Some university librarians hail the agreement as a breakthrough, but others worry about possible long-term impacts.
When it comes to which person convicted of a crime should have their work published or not, none of us are in a position to draw the lines between them, argues Adam Szetela.
Scott McLemee reviews Averting Catastrophe: Decision Theory for COVID-19, Climate Change, and Potential Disasters of All Kinds, by Cass R. Sunstein.
New guidelines from textbook publisher Pearson aim to dismantle systemic racism in higher ed. Do they go far enough?
Scott McLemee reviews Tom Lutz's Aimlessness.
Scott McLemee reviews From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way by Michael Bond.
National University of Singapore Press refused to publish a book critical of Thailand.
Springer is investigating the allegations.
Scott McLemee reviews Crap: A History of Cheap Stuff in America by Wendy A. Woloson.
Lindsay Waters delves into the multiple reasons he'll miss having the opportunity to attend the Modern Language Association's convention in person this year and reflects on its past impact.
Nature sets article processing charge at the equivalent of $11,250 for researchers selecting open-access publishing.



"The OER Moment" is Inside Higher Ed's new print-on-demand compilation of articles.

This collection of news and opinion articles may be downloaded here, free.

On Tuesday, July 18, Inside Higher Ed's editors presented a free webcast to discuss the themes of the compilation. You may view a recording of the webcast here.

This compendium was made possible in part by the financial support of Cengage.

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