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Feature Essay: What Does the Future Hold for Academic Books? by Marilyn Deegan (Academic Book of the Future Project) | LSE Review of Books
The pressure of ever-increasing teaching loads and time-consuming assessment regimes has reduced the capacity of many academics to undertake the sustained research and thinking needed to produce the very best monographs
academia  Research  publishing  UK 
yesterday by miaridge
History of scientific publishing
Details on how we have the current ruinous system
publishing  science  economics  history  elsevier  springerverlag 
yesterday by nelson
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? • The Guardian
Stephen Buranyi:
<p>[Bernstein Research investment analyst Claudio] Aspesi was not the first person to incorrectly predict the end of the scientific publishing boom, and he is unlikely to be the last. It is hard to believe that what is essentially a for-profit oligopoly functioning within an otherwise heavily regulated, government-funded enterprise can avoid extinction in the long run. But publishing has been deeply enmeshed in the science profession for decades. Today, every scientist knows that their career depends on being published, and professional success is especially determined by getting work into the most prestigious journals. The long, slow, nearly directionless work pursued by some of the most influential scientists of the 20th century is no longer a viable career option. Under today’s system, the father of genetic sequencing, Fred Sanger, who published very little in the two decades between his 1958 and 1980 Nobel prizes, may well have found himself out of a job.

Even scientists who are fighting for reform are often not aware of the roots of the system: how, in the boom years after the second world war, entrepreneurs built fortunes by taking publishing out of the hands of scientists and expanding the business on a previously unimaginable scale. And no one was more transformative and ingenious than Robert Maxwell, who turned scientific journals into a spectacular money-making machine that bankrolled his rise in British society. Maxwell would go on to become an MP, a press baron who challenged Rupert Murdoch, and one of the most notorious figures in British life. But his true importance was far larger than most of us realise. Improbable as it might sound, few people in the last century have done more to shape the way science is conducted today than Maxwell.</p>


A great read about this giant, weirdly profitable business.
business  publishing  science  copyright 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Source code in org-mode with <code>ox-twbs</code>
Org-mode ships with a comprehensive HTML backend, but the design of the output is a bit dated. I copied this standard exporter ox-html to a new project, ox-twbs, and made a relatively small number of changes required to emit HTML compatible with Twitter Bootstrap. This gives org-mode's HTML output a bit more modern feel. This document assumes you've installed this package which is called ox-twbs (org-mode exporters tend to be prefixed/namespaced with "ox").
org  publishing  org-mode  coding  html 
2 days ago by deprecated

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