The Chronicle of Higher Education announced today that the University of Michigan Press is being restructured as an academic unit housed under the University of Michigan Library. A number of other institutions, including New York University and Penn State University, have similar reporting relationships between the press and the library, but something has been made explicit in the Michigan shift that stands to be pretty dramatic: ... read more »
Today’s Inside Higher Ed features an opinion piece by Sara Kubik, urging academics to “get serious” about online forms of research publication.
While it once made sense to equate print with quality, it’s time to embrace newer forms of communication as valid. If they need academically sound forms of verification and procedures for citation, let’s get to work.
by Tim Anderson — Old Dominion University
February 27, 2009 – 11:23
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Listeners,
After what has seemed to be months of haggling and work, I am proud to announce that The Lion’s Share first podcast, and interview with Dr. Derek Kompare about his work on CSI, is posted and is ready to be downloaded. ... read more »
In the last few days, I’ve been running across a bunch of activity around the question of peer review in digital publishing, thinking that’s extremely important to MediaCommons as we begin the project of building our peer-to-peer review network. I’ve also been writing about such questions a lot, in particular in my book project, which I plan to begin posting excerpts from in the coming days. For the moment, however, a few links: ... read more »
MediaCommons holds among its founding principles not simply a defense of "fair use" as it stands, but a commitment to the expansion of our understanding of fair use for a new scholarly age, believing strongly as we do that unless our understanding of fair use grows, its sphere of influence will of necessity shrink, hemmed in by corporate interests that seek to enforce a culture of permission wherever free borrowing occurs.
We’re all ecstatic right now, as we relaunch MediaCommons on this most historic of days. We’re still working out a few of the bugs — call this a beta release, if that term is still useful — but the migration appears to be complete, and both the MediaCommons blog and In Media Res are open for business. ... read more »
by Kari Kraus — University of Maryland
June 19, 2008 – 19:23
One of the things often discussed on this blog is the nature and challenges of the open peer-to-peer system of review that MediaCommons hopes to launch. A recurring question is this: once such a system has been designed and implemented, how do you get scholars to participate in and support it, both senior scholars who may be heavily invested in the current system and junior scholars who are expected to succeed under entrenched guidelines for promotion and tenure?