[Humanist] 26.124 new publications: Scholarly Publishing; Reading by Numbers

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Tue Jul 3 22:17:58 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 124.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (38)
        Subject: new publication: Reading by Numbers

  [2]   From:    UTP Journals <thawkic551 at ROGERS.COM>                      (62)
        Subject: Now Available Online - Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43.4,
                July 2012

        Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 22:03:48 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: new publication: Reading by Numbers

Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field
Katherine Bode

Anthem Press
ISBN 9780857284549
July 2012

An exploration of the critical potential of digital humanities and 
quantitative methods to produce new knowledge about literary and 
cultural history.

‘Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field’ proposes and 
demonstrates a new digital approach to literary history, and is the 
first book to use data mining, visualisation and modelling to integrate 
the scope and methods of book and publishing history with issues and 
debates in literary studies. By extracting and analysing information 
from the most comprehensive online bibliography of a national literature 
– ‘AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource’ – this study reveals 
hitherto unrecognised trends that refigure conceptions of Australian 
literary and cultural history in its transnational context.

The range of issues examined is broad, and includes trends and cycles in 
the gender of novelists, the formation of fictional genres and literary 
canons, the publishing of Australian literature, the relationships 
between different fictional forms, the formation and transformation of 
the literary canon, and the relationship of Australian literature to 
other-national literatures. The work’s data-rich approach revises 
earlier arguments in literary studies – based on anecdote and theory – 
and generates new ways of writing about literature and publishing. More 
broadly, in demonstrating the innovative ways in which the growing 
number of humanities digital archives can be mined to generate new and 
different types of knowledge, this book presents a new direction and 
scope for digital humanities research.

For more information see: 

Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

        Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:36:06 +0100
        From: UTP Journals <thawkic551 at ROGERS.COM>
        Subject: Now Available Online - Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43.4, July 2012

Now available online…

Journal of Scholarly Publishing
Volume 43, Number 4, July 2012
This issue contains:

Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication
Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Debates about open-access scholarly publishing often focus on the costs of scholarship, whether costs incurred by publishers in producing books and journals or costs faced by libraries in acquiring those publications. Taking those costs as the centre of such discussions often results in an impasse, as the financial realities of publishing—particularly within disciplines that are less well-funded than STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)—seem to present an insurmountable obstacle to greater openness. What if, however, we were to refocus the discussion on values rather than costs? How might such a shift in focus lead us to think differently about the motives and benefits involved in scholarly communication, and how might this lead us to recognize the generosity that keeps the engine running?
DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.347

The Price of University Press Books: 2009–2011
Albert N. Greco, Robert M. Wharton, Falguni Sen

Drawing on the data collected by Yankee Book Peddler, this article analyses the average prices and title output of books published by university presses and commercial scholarly and professional publishers in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The authors also sought to answer a series of questions that have long perplexed the entire university press community: First, are too many scholarly books being published in North America; second, what are the channels of distribution for these books, and have they changed recently; and third, can university presses develop a strategy that will enable them to maintain their role as the pivotal source of substantive scholarly research?
DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.363

First among Equals: Robert Recorde and Innovative Publishing in the Sixteenth Century
Trevor Lipscombe

Publishing is going through a period of tremendous change. The same was true in the sixteenth century. This article explores how the publication of Robert Recorde's The Whetstone of Witte in 1557, in which the equals sign was used for the first time, serves, along with his other mathematical books, as a model for innovation.
DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.381

The E-book and Spanish Scientific Publishers in Social and Human Sciences
Irene-Sofía Romero-Otero, Elea Giménez-Toledo

The purpose of this article is threefold: (1) To study the course of development, approaches, and strategies of Spanish scientific publishers specializing in the humanities and social sciences; (2) to establish a profile of publishers based on their information and attitudes; and (3) to identify the opportunities and challenges which exist for publishers. In-depth interviews were conducted with twenty-eight relevant Spanish publishers; their attitudes were observed to be generally cautious, expectant, and in favour of maintaining the status quo, despite all being convinced that the e-book is an element transforming the publishing sector and that, in the near future, both the printed and electronic book will coexist. This study provides information direct from the publishers themselves, offering theorists detailed and accurate insight into the publishing sector and better opportunity to evaluate the impact of publisher attitudes on other agents implicated in the development of the e-book. The study puts on record the first stage of the irruption and consolidation of the e-book in the Spanish academic sector. It also establishes comparisons with publishing sectors of other countries.
DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.395

Scientometric Analysis of Nuclear Science and Technology Research Output in Iran
Mohammad Reza Davarpanah

The main purpose of this study is to evaluate internationally published research productivity and make quantitative and qualitative assessments of the status of nuclear science and technology in Iran. The data have been collected from the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) for the years 1990–2010. The results of this work reveal that the Iranian literature on nuclear science and technology has grown exponentially during the study period. The average number of citations per paper is 5.64. Academic institutions are the main source of research productivity. About 93 per cent of the papers are co-authored. Internationally co-authored papers enjoy higher citation rates in comparison with domestic papers. Disciplinary characterization of the Iranian nuclear science and technology research identifies that emphasis is placed on physics and chemistry and that the publications in which the research appears are distributed evenly among a number of scientific fields.
DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.421

A Short Note on Short Notes
Stephen K. Donovan

This is a short note. It is tightly focused and brief; its message can be rapidly assimilated by the reader. Like Robert Boyle in the seventeenth century, I bemoan the modern focus on lengthier publications, possibly the result of pressure from managers on academics to encourage them to publish long and ‘significant’ papers in leading journals. Yet, the most important paper published in the life sciences during the twentieth century was only two pages long.
DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.440

Steven E. Gump

DOI: 10.3138/jsp.43.4.444

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