Publishing

Students are spending less than ever on course materials

In the last decade, average student spending on required course materials has decreased by more than 30 percent, according to the National Association of College Stores.

Major higher education research journal suspending submissions to clear out two-year backlog

A major higher education research journal is suspending submissions to clear out a two-year backlog. Some see this case pointing to broad problems in academic publishing, such as the unwillingness of many scholars to review papers.

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.

Prominent psychologist resigns as journal editor over allegations over self-citation

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Prominent psychologist apologizes and resigns as journal editor over allegations of aggressive self-citation and more.

Editor of prestigious political science journal uses website to deny harassment allegations

The editor of a prestigious political science journal uses its website to deny harassment allegations against him, prompting the Midwest Political Science Association to take action critics say it should have taken months ago.

Scholars push for free access to online citation data, saying they need and deserve access to reference data they helped create

Scholars push for free access to online citation data, saying they need and deserve access to the reference data they helped create.

Study finds male Ph.D. candidates submit and publish papers at significantly higher rates than female peers on the same campus

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Study finds male Ph.D. candidates submit and publish papers at much higher rates than women, even at the same institution. One factor is that women teach more during their Ph.D. programs and men serve more often as research assistants.

Facing criticism, Cambridge University Press changes course and won't comply with Chinese government censorship request

Facing intense criticism for caving to censors, Cambridge University Press restores access to more than 300 journal articles it had blocked in China -- but the problem for publishers isn’t going away. Chinese authorities also try to block articles from another journal.

White paper explores how to redesign scholarly monograph for digital use

Scholarly database JSTOR explores -- through a white paper and prototypes -- how to redesign the scholarly monograph for digital reading.

Faux scholarly article sets off criticism of gender studies and open-access publishing

Fake article is published, calling for the penis to be seen conceptually, not as a body organ. Debates take off about gender studies and open-access journals.

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