Tag Archives: publishing

Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

I have long been a critic of the [academic publishing industry](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) and the increasing costs for getting, mainly, publicly funded research out to peer-review and the wider scholarly community. And to be sure, there is more malaise in the total system than just the publishers. There is also the push to “publish or die” and the growing pressure to “publish and engage with the digital world.” But a recent call by a very accomplished academic at Cambridge has lit a fire in the heather, and there is a line of villagers armed with pitchforks heading up to the Elsevier castle. Continue reading Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

Fair Use Principles

A [useful article](http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/08/02/essay_calls_on_academics_to_use_their_fair_use_rights) which gives some basic education for *fair use* in academic and commercial settings. Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright law’s doctrine of fair use — which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Continue reading Fair Use Principles

British University Libraries tooling up for publishing evaluation

I wrote about some [British Universities](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) taking a stand against two of the big deals from academic publishers and how their proposed hikes in rates were breaking the system. Now the group has developed and released [a tool](http://www.rluk.ac.uk/content/press-release-rluk-develops-journal-subscription-analysis-tool) that will evaluate the cost / benefit ratio of the deals offered vs. a return to title-by-title access to these documents. Continue reading British University Libraries tooling up for publishing evaluation

Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

I [first wrote](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) about Aaron Schwartz when it went public about what he was alleged to have done, and [again](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/22/sympathy-protests-for-aaron-swartz-against-jstor/) with protests against his arrest and Aaron’s own writings about his cause. Now more information is coming out and it seems that there is more strong support forming for the cause. The [Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Rogue-Downloaders-Arrest/128439/) has a very good article on the subject, with quotes from different sides. What seems apparent is that all of the sides, save JSTOR and the administration, but including the faculty at MIT, as regarding the inclusion of the US Secret Service as rather heavy handed, especially when this is a clearly a case of activism and information that is all out of copyright. Continue reading Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

Questions being asked publicly on how much eresource access should cost

So I have been [arguing for some time](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/05/oer/) that the business models that online publishing in academia are pursuing are failing to match the new digital world, to leverage digital technologies and scale up their user base. Apple has demonstrated that there is a *great deal of mulah* to be made in music by embracing digital tech and allowing people to download lots of music cheaply. But the academic publishers, as I have argued consistently on this blog, just won’t budge. Now there are some others starting to ask how much is access really worth. But they are not taking into account the digital nature of the service. Continue reading Questions being asked publicly on how much eresource access should cost

British Libraries are prepared to forgo Elsevier and Wiley big deal subs if terms not right

I have been [arguing](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/23/pressforward-to-try-to-change-academic-publishing-model/) for some time that the model was [broken](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/19/mcgraw-hill-makes-moves-to-open-to-all-platforms/), and that academic publishers were making the same mistakes that music industry started making in the late 90s. The digital economy should produce massive cost scale efficiencies, and democratization of technology means that the publishers need to drastically reduce their cost models to be seen as preserving information for something other than sheer greed and profit. But they have been slow in responding, if not simply dismissing the arguments. Now [RLUK](http://www.rluk.ac.uk/) have announced that they [would not sign](http://www.rluk.ac.uk/content/rluk-calls-journal-pricing-restraint) any more large deals with these two publishers as that contract is up now for new terms. If Elsevier and Wiley won’t budge, [RLUK](http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/british-research-libraries-say-no-to-big-deal-serials-packages/32371?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en) is prepared to go forward on an article by article subscription. That will be a tremendous risk for the publishers, as they will lose a guaranteed income stream, and as the UK universities continue to feel pressure, that budget line for new articles will feel pressure as well, further reducing the flow to the publishers. Blink!

Sympathy protests for Aaron Swartz against JSTOR

Aaron Swartz was [indicted](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) for grabbing a few million articles off of JSTOR. Now a British man has just pushed up a torrent of nearly 19,000 out of copyright articles to press the issue. Continue reading Sympathy protests for Aaron Swartz against JSTOR

New entrant in the etextbook market – Amazon

I did write that [big moves were happening in academic publishing](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/03/big-moves-in-academic-publishing/) and it just got bigger. The big five thought that they were wrapping it up with Blackboard, and [McGraw-Hill](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/19/mcgraw-hill-makes-moves-to-open-to-all-platforms/) opened the gate by throwing open the door to all platforms. A new entrant has walked into the arena – Amazon. Continue reading New entrant in the etextbook market – Amazon

MIT cracker arrested trying to download millions of JSTOR articles

Aaron Swartz, a fellow at Harvard’s Center for Ethics, is a 24-year old online activist who was charged with breaking into a wiring closet at MIT and making unauthorized downloads of 4M+ JSTOR articles. Continue reading MIT cracker arrested trying to download millions of JSTOR articles

McGraw-Hill makes moves to open to all platforms

Well, we saw [last week](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/14/blackboard-making-ties-with-all-major-academic-textbook-publishers/) major moves in the academic textbook industry where the other four major publishers wrapped it up with McGraw-Hill, who had announced a year ago, that Bb would have an integration point with their “learning platforms”. In what could be a good sign, McGraw-Hill has just [announced](http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mcgraw-hill-education-is-first-to-provide-universal-access-to-its-digital-content-and-tools-directly-from-any-campus-portal-125740318.html) universal access to its digital content and tools directly from any campus portal. Continue reading McGraw-Hill makes moves to open to all platforms