[Humanist] 22.589 new publication: JEP 12.1

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 589.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 19:03:30 +0000
        From: Shana M Kimball <kimballs at umich.edu>
        Subject: Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) Volume 12.1 now online

Dear JEP readers:

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest issue of the
Journal of Electronic Publishing <http://www.journalofelectronicpublishing.org/>. Below the signature I've
included our Editor's Note, which highlights some of what you'll find in 
our latest issue. As always, thank you for reading JEP.

Best regards,
Shana Kimball
Managing Editor, Journal of Electronic Publishing

Help us make JEP better! Send your comments and questions to
jep-info at umich.edu.

Editor’s Note

--Judith Axler Turner

With the advent of digital communication, scholarly publishing can be
faster, less expensive, and more ubiquitous. That means that it is easier
to keep up with the latest developments in our fields. And that, in turn,
means we are expected to keep up with more information. So how do we do
that well? We rely on those we trust (librarians, colleagues, journals,
maybe even Google) to point out the things we should know.

This issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing is not going to make
your reading burden lighter, because it’s full of must-read articles about
publishing must-read articles. We think you will find all of them

Bo-Christer Björk and Turid Hedlund think that university presses, society
publishers, and even commercial publishers can open access to their
journals if they convert from a buyer-pays model to an author-pays
model—and they detail how it could be done in “Two Scenarios for How
Scholarly Publishers Could Change Their Business Models to Open Access.”
Read this article and ponder how you might do it.

Philip M. Davis gives us a completely different understanding of open
access. He is interested in “How the Media Frames ‘Open Access’,” and he
writes that which side prevails is not a question of right or wrong, but
of marketing: one side tells its story better. Read it and see if you

In “Toward the Design of an Open Monograph Press,” John Willinsky argues
that open access is a viable model for monographs as well as for journals.
The secret, he writes, is software that can turn the monograph into a
business-based social networking phenomenon by supporting not just the
publishing part of the monograph business, but the entire enterprise. Read
this article and see how everything you know about the business of
publishing is addressed.

Again this year we are republishing Peter Suber’s look at the previous 12
months in “Open Access in 2008.” Peter’s roundup gives us a holistic
picture of the issues, advances, and problems scholarly publishers faced,
and we’re delighted he let JEP bring it to you. If you haven’t already
read this article, here is your chance.

Some 18 months ago we republished the Ithaka report “University Publishing
in a Digital Age.” In this issue we are republishing the second in the
series from Ithaka Strategic Services, this one sponsored by the
Association of Research Libraries and written by Nancy Maron and K. Kirby
Smith. Their report, “Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication,”
looks at the variety of digital scholarly communication efforts around the
world. If you missed one or both reports the first time, you can read them
here in JEP.


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