Category Archives: Publishing

The latest on scholarly publishing.

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Trump Will Propose Shutting Down National Arts and Humanities Endowments

President Trump plans to propose eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities in his budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which is scheduled to be released Thursday morning, The New York Times reports.

The Times report cited two unnamed officials with knowledge of a meeting on Wednesday at which Jane Chu, chairwoman of the arts endowment, disclosed the plan to her staff.

The news was not unexpected, as The Hill reported in January that Mr. Trump, who at the time had not yet ta…

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Northwestern U. Is Accused of Violating Academic Freedom

Northwestern University engaged in “serious violations of academic freedom” both in its dealings with a bioethics journal that published a controversial article and in its investigation of Laura Kipnis, a film professor whom students accused of wrongdoing over her essay criticizing its sexual-misconduct policies, a faculty panel has concluded.

In a report on its findings, the Northwestern Faculty Senate’s ad hoc committee on academic freedom urges the university to revise its sexual-harassment…

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Columbia U. Is Mostly Mum on Accusations of Plagiarism Against Top Trump Aide

Columbia University has declined to comment on recent reports that Monica Crowley, an appointee of President-elect Donald J. Trump, plagiarized portions of her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at the university.

An examination of Ms. Crowley’s 2000 dissertation by Politico revealed more than a dozen instances of language and information that was either improperly cited or printed without attribution. Columbia University cited confidentiality concerns in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“We have no commen…

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Sociologist Wants to Dedicate a Monument to the Anonymous Peer Reviewer

Ever feel like your journal submission is a crap shoot? This is the monument for you.

A sociologist in Russia wants to dedicate a large concrete cube at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to the anonymous peer reviewer. As noted on Igor Chirikov’s Kickstarter page, and in an article by the magazine Nature, the monument would be shaped like a die, with the five visible sides labeled “Accept,” “Minor Changes,” “Major Changes,” “Revise and Resubmit,” and “Reject.”

But that’s not all. With a donati…

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Is Scientific Publishing About to Be Disrupted? ASAPbio, Briefly Explained

A group of biologists gathered last month outside Washington, D.C., for a conference that could help spur change in how the discipline publishes its work. United under the name ASAPbio, attendees discussed how they might upend the traditional publishing structure in the interest of speeding up scientific discovery and making scholarship more publicly accessible.

The New York Times published an article about ASAPbio on Tuesday, effectively lending it more visibility. Here’s what you need to know:

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Authors Guild Takes Google Books Challenge to Supreme Court

The Authors Guild has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the organization’s decade-long challenge to Google’s Books program, which the guild says violates copyright law by making money for the online-search giant without providing any compensation to the books’ authors.

The case dates to 2005, and was most recently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled last October that Google’s scanning of books and use of their texts was protected by the fair-use provisions …

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U. of Akron Reverses Controversial Layoffs at University Press

The University of Akron will not proceed with a plan to lay off two employees of its university press, according to a statement from the institution. The planned layoffs, coupled with the college’s assertion that the press would continue to operate, had been the subject of protests.

According to the statement, the university is “re-engaging the services” of the two staff members, who “will help ensure operations” of the press while it is folded into the University Libraries. The contract of the …

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‘Change’ Magazine, Stalwart of Higher Ed, Moves to a New Home

Change, a publication that bills itself as “the magazine of higher learning,” is moving under the auspices of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Accreditation is among the most contentious issues in higher education today, but the council’s president, Judith S. Eaton, said the magazine will continue to have full freedom to cover that and all other issues. “We’re going to be the home, we’re not going to be the boss,” Ms. Eaton said. In a deal with Change’s publisher, the book company…

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After High-Profile Retraction, ‘Science’ Releases New Transparency Guidelines

The journal Science has released a new set of comprehensive guidelines for publishing research studies in an effort to make them more transparent, The New York Times reports. The release comes after the high-profile retraction of a study that purported to measure the ease with which individuals changed their opinions on the issue of gay marriage.

But Maria McNutt, the publication’s editor in chief, told the Times that the new guidelines wouldn’t have prevented the graduate-student co-author of t…

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Dalkey Archive Press Will Move to U. of Houston at Victoria

Dalkey Archive Press, a publisher known for championing underrecognized and experimental fiction, poetry, and literary criticism, has found a new home. The press, which has operated out the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2006, will relocate this summer to the University of Houston at Victoria.

Dalkey joins the Victoria campus’s growing portfolio of literary presses and periodicals. The university is home to two other publishers, CHAX Press and Cuneiform Press, and two literary …