Gatherings of an Infovore*

Disruptions in Scholarly Publishing Disruption (noun): an interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works (from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press) Taking the definition of disruption literally, in the 45+ years I’ve been in scholarly publishing there have been only 2 true disruptions: the application of computer technology to the publishing process and the introduction of the open access business model. However, there have been significant issues which have challenged publishing professionals in maintaining standards in the areas of accuracy, quality, veracity, and timeliness of content. These issues focus on several aspects of a publishing program, most frequently cost containment, ethics, and peer review. This distinction between actual disruptions and issues is my own. IMHO we often aren’t as careful with terminology as we might be—especially considering what we all do every day. That being the case, organizing this column was more challenging than usual. Nonetheless, if you’ll bear with my attempt, however awkward, those of you interested in delving into some of the controversies regarding these topics should find an article or two worth your time to read. Disruption “Help TRANSPOSE Bring Journal Policies into the Open” (November 1, 2018) Unlocking Research Tag Archives: disruptors “Disruptive innovation: notes from SCONUL winter conference” (September 26, 2018) “Alternative Ways of Obtaining Scholarly Articles and the Impact on Traditional Publishing Models from a UK/European Perspective” (February 16, 2018) “Takeaways: Disruptors in Professional & Scholarly Publishing” (November 9, 2017) Open Access “From pilot to launch: A step-by-step approach to developing an OER […]

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