Podcast/Press release: New thinking on academic publishing and communication
JISC has teamed up with Taylor & Francis to produce the first Open Access issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship, edited by Graham Walton from Loughborough University. The special issue on 'dissemination models in scholarly communication' is guest edited by with Hazel Woodward, university librarian and director of Cranfield University Press.
JISC programme director Neil Jacobs comments: “The contributions have come from all over the world and show that open access and scholarly communications clearly are international issues. There are huge benefits to society in making the outputs of publicly funded research publicly available and thus facilitating the free exchange of knowledge.”
The journal contains a longitudinal study on how different disciplines view open access and highlights major differences between disciplines in terms of motivation and how they understand open access. The journal contains a longitudinal study on how different disciplines view open access and highlights major differences between disciplines in terms of motivation and how they understand open access. There are different perspectives on OA textbooks – a publisher is looking at a different business model while a contribution from the Netherlands examines the attitude of librarians towards open access publishing for text books. The role of the library is changing to support scholarly communications and a paper from Griffiths University in Australia describes how the entire library structure has been changed to reflect the research lifecycle.
Graham Walton says: “Readers will get a very good overview of current developments and how academics are communicating with each other. State of the art review articles are looking at future directions for publishing and the issue features new research about authors’ awareness and attitudes towards open access repositories. Open access books are a key topic at the moment and the issue provides a much-needed perspective from both libraries and publishers.”
John Nosal from Taylor & Francis comments: “Routledge is excited to be a part of this special issue of the NRAL, which explores and details the changing face of publishing now and into the near future, and works to preserve this journal as part of the forefront of academic librarianship. The open-access nature of the issue will help to bring many of its themes full-circle, and its release is coinciding with Open Access Week which aims to raise awareness of the potential benefits of open access publishing models in scholarship and research.”
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