Publishing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Academic librarians should have same access to professors that textbook reps do (opinion)

Publishers’ sales teams can freely visit professors on many campuses. Steven J. Bell asks, shouldn't academic librarians promoting alternatives have easy access to the faculty, too?

Pursuing a new kind of “big deal” with publishers

University librarians and some academic publishers are optimistic about the possibility of reaching new agreements to make more academic articles fully open, but they acknowledge many challenges ahead.

Sociologist says journal rejected her paper because she's shared it elsewhere as a preprint, against its own pro-preprint policy

Sociologist says journal dismissed her paper because she'd shared it elsewhere as a preprint -- even though the publication had a pro-preprint policy. How often does this happen?

Political science association pleases and surprises members with its flagship publication's new editorial team

Political science association pleases and surprises members with its flagship publication's new editorial team.

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