UP Week: Future of Scholarly Communication

Upweek-logo-2013Thirty-seven presses will unite for the Association of American University Presses annual University Press Week blog tour, which runs November 11-15. Individual presses will blog on a different theme each day, including profiles of university press staff members, the future of scholarly communication, subject area spotlights, the importance of regional publishing, and the global reach of university presses.

 

Nov. 12, Future of Scholarly Communication 

"Scholars at every level have unprecedented access to materials they once would have needed time and resources to consult. Remembering the days of waiting for a book or article that wasn’t in my university’s library, I marvel at the privilege of instant gratification." –Priscilla Wald, Duke University Professor of English and Women's Studies 

"No wave of any digital magic wand is about to vaporize the scholarly book or the medium of print (any more than readers are about to give up their corporeality in order to evolve into pixels on an LCD)." –Jeffery Schnapp, Harvard Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures 

"University presses have become highly skilled in aiding our authors to refine and shape their message for a general audience, and many believe we can take this effort further." –Alan Harvey, Director of Stanford University Press 

"…science journals are largely published by commercial publishers whose first concern is enriching their shareholders. It’s time to change that." –Alex Holzman, Director of Temple University Press 

"We’re not looking to republish the introduction to a book we published seven years ago in hopes of generating interest in our backlist—we’re looking to advance current conversations in scholarly publishing." –Danielle Kasprzak, Associate Editor at the University of Minnesota Press  

"The future of scholarly communication certainly depends upon looking ever outward, whether it be toward international markets, new modes of collaboration between far-flung research teams, or the formal and technological possibilities of the book itself." –Robert Devens, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Univeristy of Texas Press  

"We have a publisher who can take on the technical challenges that presses are increasingly faced with and one that has generated a business plan that makes online publishing of primary-source material financially sustainable." –Holly Shulman, Research Professor at the University of Virginia

 

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