Open Humanities Press (OHP), an open access publisher of contemporary critical and cultural theory, will launch in 2008 as a consortium of leading open access journals in continental philosophy, cultural studies, new media, film, and literary criticism. The editorial board includes a number of UC faculty as well as N. Katherine Hayles and Douglas Kellner from UCLA.
Archive for December, 2007
Editors from the Journal of Cell Biology and the Journal of Experimental Medicine and the executive director of the Rockefeller University Press have reported their inability to verify published impact factors using data gathered and sold by Thomson Scientific (formerly the Institute of Scientific Information, or ISI). Their concerns are expressed in an editorial in the December 17 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.
The Association of Research Libraries has published a special issue of its bimonthly report on university publishing. Contents include a condensed version of the Ithaka report, a study of US university presses and their role in scholarly publishing, along with reaction from a provostial perspective and short articles about library publishing programs.
With its revolutionary computing capabilities, massive data resources, and distributed human expertise, cyberinfrastructure offers the liberal arts new resources and new ways of working. Academic Commons has published a special issue on this subject, featuring essays, interviews, and reviews by scholars, scientists, information technologists, and administrators. The contents examine the challenges and opportunities cyberinfrastructure presents for the liberal arts and liberal arts colleges and suggest how academics can connect, use, and contribute to these new capabilities.
The Association of Research Libraries has released a white paper, Educational Fair Use Today, in which by Jonathan Band, JD, discusses three recent appellate decisions concerning fair use that should give educators and librarians greater confidence and guidance for asserting this important privilege. In all three decisions the courts permitted extensive copying and display in the commercial context because the uses involved repurposing and recontextualization. The reasoning in these opinions could have far-reaching implications in the educational environment.
The Association of Research Libraries has published The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What’s Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone, a report examining issues associated with migrating from dual-format publishing toward electronic-only journal publication. The work is based in large part on interviews conducted between June and August 2007 with two dozen academic librarians and journal publishers.