Director of Publishing speaks at Columbia University

AAA’s Director of Publishing, Oona Schmid, will speak at Columbia University on Tuesday, February 28 at the Scholarly Communication Program  Panel to Consider Recent Developments in Access to Research. At 12:00 PM in Columbia University’s Faculty House Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, join us for “Protests, Petitions and Publishing: Widening Access to Research in 2012” … Continue reading Director of Publishing speaks at Columbia University

Rethinking Peer Review

Running parallel to discussions about toll access vs. open access in academic publishing is a debate about whether it’s time to replace the venerable practice of (mostly anonymous) peer review with something more open, democratic, and dialogical. Web-based publishing software makes this technologically feasible–easy, in fact–and a number of journals are experimenting with it. A fine … Continue reading Rethinking Peer Review

More on AAA publishing: The matter of costs

Let’s pick up the expanding thread on AAA publishing by considering costs.  Coming up with a single figure for the AAA’s large publication portfolio is frustratingly difficult. There are complications such as sunk costs, various ways of calculating overhead, the complexities of the W-B contract, and the like. I’m an anthropologist, not an accountant, so … Continue reading More on AAA publishing: The matter of costs

The future of AAA publishing: Opening a conversation

The Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing, better known as CFPEP, has invited me to start a discussion thread about how the AAA can best manage its diverse publications in response to a publishing environment undergoing radical change.  CFPEP invites your thoughts on strategies for keeping AAA publications as widely accessible as … Continue reading The future of AAA publishing: Opening a conversation