Publishing

Questions raised over the true burden of the 'big deal'

Cost is the No. 1 reason why colleges end their “big deals” with publishers, but not everyone thinks the agreements are really that expensive.

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.

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.

Cambridge University Press blocks access to 300-plus articles on request of Chinese censors

Cambridge press agrees to block access in China to more than 300 articles from a key journal for scholarship on the nation.

Oberlin Group launches 'platinum' open-access publisher Lever Press

Dozens of liberal arts colleges come together to form Lever Press, a book publishing imprint that promises to be open access for both authors and readers.

HathiTrust continues string of victories under 'fair use' doctrine in appeals court

The digital repository HathiTrust scores another victory as a federal appeals court rules its practices fall under the "fair use" doctrine.

Shared governance review at George Washington sheds light on faculty bullies, board chair says

Board chair at George Washington U. says shared governance policy review shed light on faculty "bullying" of those off the tenure track. But not everyone agrees with his analysis or solutions.

Georgia State tries new approach to attract more female students to philosophy

Georgia State will test idea that assuring a set percentage of slots on the syllabus for female philosophers will attract more female students to the discipline.

 

Open source textbook company shifts tactics in fight with publishers

Following a lawsuit from major textbook publishers, a Boston company rewrites its "textbook replacement" material and asks judge for breathing room.

Another publisher accuses a librarian of libel

A second librarian's blog becomes the target of a potential lawsuit from a disgruntled publisher.

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