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How Social Media transformed a nonprofit medical professional society

How Social Media transformed a nonprofit medical professional society | Publishing | Scoop.it

'The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), founded in 1966, is a well-established 13,000-member professional organization. It is highly regarded and has long provided the best education opportunities in the field of kidney medicine. However, ASN was reluctant to enter the world of social media, a world that includes Facebook and Twitter, but also encompasses the entire web-enabled culture of people sharing online content with people they know.'

 

[AS: Some learning here, but @ASNKidney is still locked into broadcast mode. Little evidence of interaction, curation, content creation or community outreach initiatives]

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Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist

Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist | Publishing | Scoop.it

George Monbiot writes:

 

'Murdoch pays his journalists and editors, and his companies generate much of the content they use. But the academic publishers get their articles, their peer reviewing (vetting by other researchers) and even much of their editing for free. The material they publish was commissioned and funded not by them but by us, through government research grants and academic stipends. But to see it, we must pay again, and through the nose.

 

The returns are astronomical: in the past financial year, for example, Elsevier's operating profit margin was 36% (£724m on revenues of £2bn). They result from a stranglehold on the market. Elsevier, Springer and Wiley, who have bought up many of their competitors, now publish 42% of journal articles.'

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Timothy Ferriss Signs with Amazon Publishing

Timothy Ferriss Signs with Amazon Publishing | Publishing | Scoop.it

Bestselling author Timothy Ferriss (@tferriss) has signed with Amazon Publishing, the first big deal for the new Amazon imprint led by former agent Larry Kirshbaum.

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Funders should insist on open publication' of scholarly work

Funders should insist on open publication' of scholarly work | Publishing | Scoop.it

"It is only because we have built a false value system that it is so hard to make the change. As long as we continue to support the glory that comes from “prestigious publication” that only a tiny fraction of people can read, we continue to deprive the world of the hundreds of billions of dollars put each year into “academic” research.

 

How we get there I do not know, any more than I know how to stop burning petroleum into the atmosphere. The best I can do is to help to promote consciousness of the need for change and to publicize any solutions that look good. I also think that events may force our hand. I will not be surprised if a major closed publisher crashes, especially in the present financial crisis. Crashes are good for change, but only if we are prepared (which we are not). In any case funders should insist on open publication. Academics will hate them, but I suspect the “taxpayer” will approve"

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British Library offers e-classics iPad sub for £1.99 per month

British Library offers e-classics iPad sub for £1.99 per month | Publishing | Scoop.it
"The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad.

Texts appear in fully digitised form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books.

All of the works date from the 18th and 19th centuries and include novels, poetry and historical accounts.

Users must pay a monthly subscription of £1.99 to access the full collection."
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Publishers need to give up on the notion of 'the way it's always been'

Publishers need to give up on the notion of 'the way it's always been' | Publishing | Scoop.it
"If more people went to bookstores to actually buy books, instead of just using them as a social setting, easy-chair reading, capturing the Internet for free or buying a cup of coffee, we might not be reading the Chapter 11 on Borders"

[AS: I went in to edit this and got paywalled #irony. If you *can't* see full text of this article on your initial visit, please tell me via @andrewspong and I'll delete it. Thanks!]
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The scholarly publishing propaganda machine: who's convinced?

The scholarly publishing propaganda machine: who's convinced? | Publishing | Scoop.it

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers claim that their 'new short & smart videos about the publishers' role in scholarly communication[...] explain simply how publishers add value to scholarly communication and aid its dissemination, discovery, and evaluation.'

 

What do you make of them? Aside from the fact that at over eight minutes in duration, they're both about five minutes too long.

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New site 'brazenly trades e-textbooks'

New site 'brazenly trades e-textbooks' | Publishing | Scoop.it

..and much of the discussion following this article foregrounds why the only constituency that deems this to be a problem are the publishers.

 

Business as usual is broken for scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishers. Protectionist business models will only increase the entropy. The content formerly known as 'textbooks' still needs to be written and used. Where next?

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Reading: here to stay

Reading: here to stay | Publishing | Scoop.it

'What we can expect from books is what the internet has always given us. More. More of everything.

 

But what of taking in continuous prose, in the form conventionally known as "reading"? One way or another, that's here to stay.'

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Survey shows publishing expanded since 2008

Survey shows publishing expanded since 2008 | Publishing | Scoop.it

"The printed word is alive and well whether it takes a paper delivery or digital delivery.” (sic)

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How one small fix could open access to research

How one small fix could open access to research | Publishing | Scoop.it
Governments must specify that they require the Accepted Version (the final peer reviewed, corrected version) of scholarly articles rather than the Publisher’s PDF for reporting purposes.
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Killing peer review

Killing peer review | Publishing | Scoop.it
When a cadre of international scientific research powerhouses announced last month that they were teaming up to create a top-shelf, peer-reviewed free journal in the medical and life sciences fields, some called it a "triumph of open access" — proof that the tide was turning in favor of a once-radical movement aimed at cutting through the traditional oligarchies and turning scholarly publishing on its head.

But to Joe Pickrell, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Chicago, the idea was not groundbreaking enough. It will not do merely to lower the barriers to viewing scholarly articles, he thought; academe must lower the barriers to reviewing them.
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