Paywall: the business of scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top...
The BCcampus Open Education Self-publishing guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.
Using a database of recent articles published in the field of Global Health research, this article examines institutional sources of stratification in publishing access outcomes.
This brief provides an overview for Canadian university administrators of the current problematic state of scholarly journal costs, and proposes some recommendations to address the situation.
The Department of Communications and the Arts is seeking submissions from stakeholders on the draft findings and recommendations outlined in this draft report, and any other issues relevant to the inquiry terms of reference.
The book publishing landscape has changed considerably in recent years, with a rise in the popularity of self-publishing, the entry and growth of new, 'fee-for-service' presses, and the availability of self-publishing platforms on booksellers’ online sites.
The Online Infringement Amendment (OIA) enables a copyright owner to apply to the Federal Court to block access to an online location operated outside Australia with the primary purpose of infringing (or facilitating infringement of) copyright content. This review supports the Australian government’s commitment to...
The Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program was developed to facilitate Australian publishers’ access to international markets and audiences for Australian writers by promoting rights sales.
Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing. This paper looks at the way organisations...
What aspects of the current system hamper the effective flow of knowledge and good governance, how can they be reformed and what advocacy is required?
This report, which was commissioned and funded by Arts Council England, looks at the position of literary fiction today.
This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to examine trends over the period since the major funders of research in the UK established new policies to promote open access....
New Zealand and Australia need tougher laws against China's political influence pedalling.
Publisher Allen & Unwin has dropped a book by a prominent academic on China's expanding 'soft' influence in Australia, due to 'unspecified threats.'
A new economic model for the analysis of scholarly publishing – journal publishing in particular – is proposed that draws on club theory. The standard approach builds on market failure in the private production (by research scholars) of a public good (new scholarly knowledge). In...
The document emphasizes the U.S Copyright Office’s longstanding position that section 108 needs to be updated so that libraries, archives, and museums have a robust, comprehensible, and balanced safe harbor to fulfill their missions.
This consultation process is intended to draw stakeholder views on whether the Copyright Regulations Exposure Draft and the TPM Regulations Exposure Draft (Exposure Drafts) are fit for purpose, including whether they may be further simplified or modernised.
This discussion paper has been released to generate feedback on the effectiveness of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies, and whether the current voluntary code represents best practice, contains sufficient monitoring and review mechanisms, and if it should be mandatory for all collecting...
Prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?
In this post, the author argues argues that the scholarly communication ecosystem should aim not only to be open, but non-profit too.