Publishers

Textbook publishers contemplate 'inclusive access' as business model of the future

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Textbooks aren't selling like they used to, but a new business model that has led to increased access to course materials and lower costs at some universities is beginning to take shape.

Open-access mega-journal PLOS ONE continues to shrink

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The world's largest scholarly journal, PLOS ONE, is seeing fewer and fewer researchers publish their work in it as the open-access publishing market evolves.

Digital badging spreads as more colleges use vendors to create alternative credentials

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More colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials.

Amid declining book sales, university presses search for new ways to measure success

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Amid declining book sales, university presses search for new ways to measure success.

Critics protest handling of rights to hacktivist Aaron Swartz's writings

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Decision to grant a publisher the right to print the writings of Aaron Swartz -- viewed by some as a martyr of the open-access movement -- sets off a debate about copyright.

Study finds huge increase in articles published by 'predatory' journals

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Study suggests open-access journals with questionable peer-review and marketing processes now publish hundreds of thousands of articles a year, a huge jump in only a few years.

Academic, library and technology groups criticize new Elsevier sharing and hosting policy

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A coalition of academic, library and technology associations criticizes Elsevier's new sharing and hosting policy, saying it undermines open-access initiatives.

U. of California Press builds open-access publishing model around 'paying it forward'

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U. of California Press builds a new open-access publishing model around paying reviewers and subsidizing research from disciplines with less grant funding.

Self-publishing an option for academics, but on periphery

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Self-publishing is still rare for academics. But a few scholars are trying it out.

HighWire Press, after 19 years with Stanford U., spins off

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After 19 years as an auxiliary of the Stanford University Libraries, the technology company HighWire Press spins off.

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