‘Here’s What You Can Do with Your Overhead’

punctum books co-director Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: As punctum books over the last few years has tried to develop a sustainable model of scholar-led open-access publishing, and has devoted a considerable amount of resources to advocating for the common goods of...

‘How Professors Help Rip Off Students’

Tim Wu, in Times op-ed: Teaching is a profession with its own ethical duties; students are both our charges and a captive market. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with assigning an expensive book if it is really worth the money and the alternatives are inadequate....

‘Elsevier now officially a “predatory” publisher’

Björn Brembs takes Elsevier through the new, five-part “predatory journal” definition: So as far as this exercise goes, at least one of the main legacy publishers fits the five criteria for being branded a “predatory” publisher. According to the authors of...

‘Ratings Agencies Post Mixed Outlooks for Higher Education’

Inside Higher Ed on the latest U.S. higher ed ratings reports from Moody’s and Fitch: A small handful of wealthy colleges and universities are in a much stronger financial position than their peers. Just 10 universities hold about half of the wealth at all the...