‘Publishers can’t be blamed for clinging to the golden goose’

I missed this Steven Harnad piece from last May. It is trademark Harnad: So, you should ask, with online publishing costs near zero, and quality control provided gratis by peer reviewers, what could possibly explain, let alone justify, levying a fee on S&S...

‘He Wanted Privacy. His College Gave Him None’

I missed this great Markup piece when it was published last November. It tells the story of dorm-to-classroom surveillance through the lens of a California college student: By the time Natividad went to bed that night, Google and Facebook had data about which Mt. SAC...

‘Academic Life Is About Humiliation and Envy. This Novel Gets It.’

My short piece in the Chronicle Review (paywalled, alas, but here’s a PDF), on C.P. Snow’s The Masters (1951): What Snow captures is the outsize role pride plays in faculty life. We are, nearly all of us, vulnerable like this — a single snub is enough. We live in a...

‘STM welcomes landmark EU AI Act vote’

STM—the Dutch-based trade group and self-proclaimed “standard bearer for the academic publishing industry”—joined over a dozen media-related associations to applaud passage of the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act. The reason, of course, is the promise of AI training...

‘University-business interactions’

Times Higher Education, on UK ‘university-business collaborations’ [paywall]: Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) show that 76,619 university-business interactions occurred in 2022-23. This was down by 5 per cent from the number registered in...

Dataset Sharing, Elsevier-Style

Elsevier’s Judy Verses, in a February interview with The Scholarly Kitchen: At Elsevier we try to support researchers, librarians, academic leaders, funders and governments by combining quality information and data sets with analytical tools to facilitate insights and...

‘An Interview with Tracey Armstrong of CCC’

Tracey Armstrong, in an interview for The Scholarly Kitchen last week: What keeps me up at night is the unlicensed use of copyrighted material in AI systems and the lack of recognition globally of the critical, foundational, and perpetual role that copyrighted...

‘The Cost and Price of Public Access to Research Data: A Synthesis’

Gail Steinhart and Katherine Skinner, announcing a new Invest in Open Infrastructure report on data-repository funding: Here, we present an initial report on our findings as part of our project to investigate “reasonable costs” for public access to United States...

The Publication is Alive!

Mikhail Gorbunov-Posadov, in a November article in publications: An alive publication is a new genre for presenting the results of scientific research, where the scientific work is published online, and then is constantly being developed and improved by its author....

‘We failed to anticipate how successful APCs would become’

Alison Mudditt, CEO of PLOS, in an interview with The Scholarly Kitchen about a year ago: Back when PLOS launched and focused on the biomedical sciences, charging authors a fee to publish seemed fair and reasonable. Fast forward twenty years and it’s clear that we...

‘The game of academic publishing’

Nathalie Ann Köbli and colleagues, writing for Frontiers in Communication on gamification of social scientists’ publishing: Quantifying publication outcomes to assess and financially incentivize research performance results in a highly competitive playing field where...

NYPLs Scholarly Press Backlist Revival Project

Greg Cram and Kathleen Riegelhaupt, on the New York Public Library’s Scholarly Press Backlist Revival Project, which seeks to pry backlist books from out-of-print inaccessibility: Since 2022, we have worked to develop a proof of concept in partnership with the...

‘2U-edX crash exposes the latest wave of edugrift’

Dahl Shaulis, writing for Higher Education Inquirer about 2U’s in-progress implosion: 2U, a Lanham, Maryland-based edtech company and parent company edX, is facing layoffs of an estimated 200 to 400 workers--a significant number for a company that only employs a few...

‘Scholarly Communication Service Providers’

Speaking of AI, here’s Lorcan Dempsey, proposing to group Elsevier, Digital Science and Clarivate as “scholarly communication service providers”: In our space, it will be especially interesting to watch what I call the scholarly communication service providers,...

‘Large Language Publishing’

I have a post on FORCE11’s Upstream, on scholarly publishers’ in-progress play for prediction-product profit: The big publishers think they’re sitting on a gold mine. It’s not just their paywalled, full-text scholarship, but also the reams of other data they hoover up...