Monday, June 22, 2009

Survival of Scholarly University Presses - reports on annual meeting of AAUP

Two articles appeared today discussing the annual meeting of the American Association of University Presses. The fate of University presses is closely tied to faculty seeking tenure. Fewer books are being accepted for publication, yet for many disciplines a published book is a requirement for tenure. Shrinking library budgets also are affecting the sales for university presses. Both articles present information on how presses are looking to find new methods in order to survive. Some presses are looking at alternatives including moving to e-format only, while other presses are being closed, and others are looking at open access. Read complete story. in Inside Higher Ed.

For more details, see The Chronicle of Higher Ed story, "Scholarly Presses Discuss What it Takes to Survive" on the annual meeting.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Student Groups issue statement for Open Access

An article in today's Inside Higher Ed ("Student Coalition Forms to Support Open Access") shares information on student groups who have joined together to issue a "Statement on Open Access." The group includes:

American Medical Student Association (June 10, 2009)
Student PIRGs (June 10, 2009)
Students for Free Culture (June 10, 2009)
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (June 10, 2009)
California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council (June 10, 2009)
Trinity University Association of Student Representatives (June 10, 2009)

Their website, Right to Research has a copy of the statement and a place to sign on in support. My only quibble is that as per usual, they refer to "universities" only, not colleges. It is such a simple thing to be inclusive of all academic institutions and be mindful that a significant number of articles are generated by college faculty. At the same time, it is to be hoped that students will become more involved in the Open Access Movement.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

10 University-Press Directors Back Free Access to Scholarly Articles

From an article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: "In a move that puts them at odds with the official stance of the Association of American University Presses, a group of university-press directors yesterday issued a position statement that endorses “the free access to scientific, technical, and medical journal articles no later than 12 months after publication.” Read complete article.