Publishing

Open-access science in the misinformation era

While open-access science has made research available worldwide, some scholars worry that misinformation, fraud and politicization have become rampant in a system that rewards speed and sparkle.

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E-cigarette maker Juul pays $51,000 to fund special issue -- on Juul

E-cigarette maker Juul funds a special issue of an academic journal about use of its product. Editor in chief says normal review processes were followed.

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Initiative seeks to create ebook sales model that works for university presses and libraries

Seeking sustainable new revenue streams, 16 major university presses have partnered with a for-profit publishing house to sell digital versions of their annual front-list collections.

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Pandemic didn't speed adoption of open educational resources, but outlook is promising

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.

COVID-19 forces college libraries to quarantine textbooks, hitting low-income students

Librarians are quarantining print materials for several days between loans to stop the spread of COVID-19. For students who rely on the library to access textbooks, that’s a problem.

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Early journal submission data suggest COVID-19 is tanking women's research productivity

Early journal submission data suggest COVID-19 is tanking women's research productivity.

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Survey suggests challenges for open textbooks ahead

Awareness and adoption of open educational resources continue to grow, a new report suggests. But the movement could be overshadowed by publisher initiatives like inclusive access.

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Universities ignore growing concern over Sci-Hub cyber risk

Warnings that Sci-Hub poses a cybersecurity threat to universities have intensified. But few institutions appear to be acting on them.

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College bookstores group opposes Cengage-McGraw merger

Planned pricing changes by academic publisher Cengage have not gone down well with the National Association of College Stores.

A window of opportunity for alternative textbook providers

As major textbook publishers grapple with new strategic directions, alternative providers focused on lower-cost materials seize the opportunity to grow their market share.

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