This page provides links to external sites and resources of relevance to The Academic Book of the Future project, including:
- Relevant Documents, Resources, and Books Online (this includes original research undertaken by the Project and our associates)
See the Event Reports page for all resources associated with the events organised and coordinated by this project.
Relevant Documents, Resources, and Books Online
Original research undertaken by the Project and associates:
- Academic Books of the Future: An Initial Literature Review
This initial literature review was compiled by RIN at an early stage of the Project. It does not claim to be comprehensive.
- Academic Book Discovery, Evaluation and Access: A Report by Anna Faherty (http://www.strategiccontent.co.uk/)
This report summarises learnings from a small-scale exploratory study investigating how humanities academics encounter, evaluate and gain access to print and ebooks related to their research and teaching. See and download the full report here.
- The Academic Book in North America: Report on attitudes and initiatives among publishers, libraries, and scholars – Anthony Watkinson.
- Discoverability, Demand and Access: the Role of Intermediaries in the UK Supply Chain for Academic Books: a Report by Richard Fisher and Michael Jubb
- An analysis of the Arts and Humanities submitted research outputs to the REF 2014 with a focus on academic books: a Report by Professor Simon Tanner
- Academic Book of the Future Video: See: https://youtu.be/IjFSIheX_-Y
Other reports and studies:
- The Monographs and Open Access Project report (Prof. Geoffrey Crossick):
- Government launches review to improve university research funding (Stern Review) (Dec 2015):
- The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology (5 Feb 2016):
by Nancy L. Maron, Christine Mulhern, Daniel Rossman, Kimberly Schmelzinger. This study worked with an advisory group of university press publishers to identify all of the cost components in scholarly monographic publishing and to calculate the costs of each of those components in a bottom-up fashion: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/publications/the-costs-of-publishing-monographs/
- Scholarly Communication and Peer Review: The Current Landscape and Future Trends (RIN – commissioned by Wellcome Trust), 2015: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/stellent/groups/corporatesite/@policy_communications/documents/web_document/wtp059003.pdf
- Publishing An Academic Monograph: OA Considerations (an infographic by Jisc): http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/files/2015/02/A4_graphic_1508.pdf
- Open access to research: independent advice from Professor Adam Tickell on open access to research publications (report, 11 Feb 2016):
- Also see Jo Johnson MP’s response to this report:
- Also see Jo Johnson MP’s response to this report:
- Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference Report: https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Reports/oabooksreport/
- OAPEN UK Guide to Open Access Monograph Publishing (2015):
- Peer Review in 2015: A Global View (White Paper by Taylor and Francis):
- Debating Open Access: 8 articles by leading academics and publishers reflecting on the challenges of open access publication for humanities and social sciences. (British Academy) http://www.britac.ac.uk/openaccess/debatingopenaccess.cfm
- Eve, Martin Paul (2015) Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Available via OA here: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/general/open-access-and-humanities-contexts-controversies-and-future?format=PB
- Fitzpatrick, Kathleen (20011) Planned Obsolescence (New York: New York University Press). Available in draft peer reviewed OA form here: http://mcpress.media-commons.org/plannedobsolescence/
Useful Related Websites, Blogs, and Blog Posts
Websites of interest:
- Directory of Open Access Books (2015): DOAB Homepage, http://www.doabooks.org
- Research Excellence Framework: The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. http://www.ref.ac.uk/
- The Booksellers Association: http://www.booksellers.org.uk/
- The Publishers Association: http://www.publishers.org.uk/
- The Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers: http://www.alpsp.org/
- Independent Publishers Guild: http://www.ipg.uk.com/
- Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE): http://www.hefce.ac.uk/
- Higher Education Funding Council for Wales: https://www.hefcw.ac.uk/
- Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum: http://whelf.ac.uk/
- Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals: http://www.cilip.org.uk/
- The Bookseller: http://www.thebookseller.com/
Blogsites of interest:
- The British Library’s blogs: http://www.bl.uk/blogs/
- The Impact Blog (LSE): http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
- The LSE Review of Books: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
- The Scholarly Kitchen: http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org
- Prof. Martin Eve’s blog: https://www.martineve.com/
Blog posts of relevance:
- ‘The Academic Book of the Future?’ A session during the ALPSP 2015 International Conference http://blog.alpsp.org/2015/09/the-academic-book-of-future.html
- The Academic Book of the Future: exploring academic practices and expectations for the monograph – Rebecca Lyons (Research Associate) introduces The Academic Book of the Future on LSE’s Impact Blog. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/03/24/the-academic-book-of-the-future/
- Observations from Researcher to Reader conference (18 Feb 2016):
“It is all a bit of a mess. It used to be simple. Now it is complicated.” This was the conclusion of Mark Carden, the coordinator of the Researcher to Reader conference after two days of discussion, debate and workshops about scholarly publication: https://unlockingresearch.blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=539
- ‘My Acts of Reading’ – by Andrew Prescott. Andrew is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow and Theme Leader Fellow for the ‘Digital Transformations’ strategic theme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. http://digitalriffs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/my-acts-of-reading.html
- ‘The future of the book shouldn’t be skeuomorphic’, New Statesman, http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/02/future-book-shouldnt-be-skeuomorphic
- ‘Publication and the Future of Knowledge’, Presentation to the Association of American University Presses, http://home.uchicago.edu/~aabbott/Papers/aaup.pdf
- ‘5 minutes with Sam Burridge: “Palgrave Pivot is liberating scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional print-based formats and business models”’, LSE Review of Books, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2013/10/28/palgrave-pivot-100-hours/
- ‘The Rise of the Mini-Monograph’, The Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/article/The-Rise-of-the-Mini-Monograph/141007/
- ‘Navigating through the pressure to publish,’ Editage Insights, http://www.editage.com/insights/navigating-through-the-pressure-to-publish
- ‘The Real Reason Enhanced Ebooks Haven’t Taken Off (Or, Evan Schnittman Was Right… For the Most Part)’, Digital Book World, http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/the-real-reason-enhanced-ebooks-havent-taken-off-or-evan-schnittman-was-right-for-the-most-part/
- ‘The “Wild West” of Academic Publishing: the troubled present and promising future of scholarly communication’, Harvard Magazine, http://harvardmagazine.com/2015/01/the-wild-west-of-academic-publishing
- Who’s not online and why (Washington, DC: Pew Research Center). Also available online: http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/09/25/whos-not-online-and-why/, date accessed 4 September 2014
- What do Authors expect from Peer Review? http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2015/10/26/what-do-authors-expect-from-peer-review-survey/ (published Oct 26th 2015)
- Introducing Some Data to the Open Access Debate (3 part blog) – (Rupert Gatti, Open Book Publishers), published 15/10/2015
- Part 1: http://blogs.openbookpublishers.com/introducing-some-data-to-the-open-access-debate-obps-business-model-part-one/
- Part 2: http://blogs.openbookpublishers.com/introducing-data-to-the-open-access-debate-obps-business-model-part-two/
- Part 3: http://blogs.openbookpublishers.com/introducing-data-to-the-open-access-debate-obps-business-model-part-three/
- Baron, N. (2015) Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
- Brown L., R. Griffiths and M. Rascoff (2007) ‘University Publishing In A Digital Age,’ The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 10.3.
- Carr, N. G. (2010) The Shallows: how the Internet is changing the way we read, think and remember (London: Atlantic Books).
- Durant, D. M., and T. Horova (2014) ‘The future of reading and academic libraries’, Libraries and the Academy, 15.1, 5-27.
- Mandler P. (2014) ‘Open access: a perspective from the humanities,’ Insights, 27.2, 166–70.
- Mrva-Montoya A. (2015) ‘Beyond the Monograph: Publishing Research for Multimedia and Multiplatform Delivery,’ Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 46.4, 321-342.
- Piper, A. (2012) Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press).
- Rowlands, I. D. Nicholas, P. Williams, et al (2008) ‘The Google generation: the information behaviour of the researcher of the future,’ Aslib Proceedings, 60.4, 290-310.
- Thompson, J. B. (2005) Books in the Digital Age (Cambridge: Polity Press).
- van der Hoeven, H., and J. van Albada (1996) Lost Memory – Libraries and Archives destroyed in the Twentieth Century (Paris: UNESCO). Also available online: http://www.unesco.org/webworld/mdm/administ/pdf/LOSTMEMO.PDF, date accessed 22 August 2015.
- Withey. L, S. Cohn, E. Faran, M. Jensen, G. Kiely, W. Underwood, B. Wilcox, R. Brown, P. Givler, A. Holzman, K. Keane (2011) ‘Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses: A Report of the AAUP Task Force on Economic Models for Scholarly Publishing,’ Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 42.4, 397-441.