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December 7, 2018

The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace

It was my great privilege last month to facilitate a virtual workshop on the topic of The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace. These services are at the heart of the publisher workflow, and they are the basis of fascinating consolidation today. Elsevier’s acquisition of Aries has brought its competition with Clarivate, which owns ScholarOne. Can these providers integrate manuscript management into their broader publishing…
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December 11, 2018

Bolstering Openness and Impact: University Publishing as a Strategic Priority at SUNY

Roger Schonfeld and Mark McBride at CNI

On Tuesday, December 11, Roger Schonfeld and SUNY’s Mark McBride are presenting on “Bolstering Openness and Impact: University Publishing as a Strategic Priority at SUNY” at CNI’s Fall Meeting. For more details on the talk, which will begin at 1:00 pm, please see the conference website. Abstract Publishing is a significant activity and strategic priority for many higher education institutions, even if an increasing share has been outsourced, especially to commercial providers, in recent decades. As large and complex…
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November 28, 2018

Collectively Supporting Faculty in New Zealand

In 2018, the majority (six out of eight) of New Zealand academic libraries undertook the Ithaka S+R faculty survey in order to explore and deepen understanding of scholars’ research and teaching practices and needs. The project was initiated by the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) with the Ithaka S+R instrument chosen as this is a well-established tool with a strong track record in evaluating the relationship between scholarly researchers and the use of libraries. The goal…
Issue Brief
November 28, 2018

Scholars ARE Collectors: A Proposal for Re-thinking Research Support

After fifteen years of digging into the research practices of scholars at Ithaka S+R, it is clear that scholars are collectors. We have found that they are creating and amassing increasingly complex personal collections of information over the course of their careers. These collections vary widely depending on the discipline and take many forms.
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November 16, 2018

The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace

Roger Schonfeld Moderates NFAIS Virtual Workshop

On Friday, November 16, Roger Schonfeld is moderating an NFAIS virtual workshop on “The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace.” The workshop will run from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and registration is open on the NFAIS website. About the workshop: Driven by the rise of Open Access, the landscape and roles in the scholarship communications industry are fast changing. New portfolios are being developed that combine content and platforms in ways that will create seamlessness for…
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December 5, 2018

Roger Schonfeld at the 2018 STM Week

Processes, Products and People in Publishing

Roger Schonfeld is moderating a plenary panel at the 2018 STM Week in London on Wednesday, December 5. The plenary on “The Future of Access 1: a Supercontinent for Content ?” will include talks by  Gaby Appleton (Mendeley/ Elsevier), Rob McGrath (ReadCube/ Access Anywhere), and Jan Reichelt (Kopernio/ Clarivate). For more information and to register, please see the STM website. About the panel: The process for discovering and accessing scholarly content has broken. Today, there are fundamentally two different approaches being taken…
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October 10, 2018

What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly and Academic Publishing?

Roger Schonfeld at the Frankfurt Book Fair

On October 10, 2018, Roger Schonfeld is participating in a roundtable discussion on “What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly and Academic Publishing?” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This event, a collaboration between SSP, The Scholarly Kitchen, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is free to all Fair attendees and will run from 8:45 am to 10:00 am. For more information and to register, please see the SSP website. About the event: The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs (blog contributors) explore what’s next…
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September 17, 2018

From 101 Innovations to a Roadmap for Collaboration

Open Source Tools for Scholarly Workflow Support

Last month, I participated virtually in the Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) workshop as 86 individuals from 58 different organizations gathered in Berkeley on August 27-28 to explore the growing category of open source scholarly workflow tools, to compare notes, and to identify areas of cooperation and integration.The event program includes all the background information and presentations so I’ll try to highlight…
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August 16, 2018

Where Did All the E-Books Go?

A LAP Blog Post

The Library Acquisition Patterns: Preliminary Findings report published in July was the culmination of several years’ worth of work to build a data infrastructure, gather the data, and begin analysis of patterns in U.S. academic libraries’ acquisitions. Although just a stepping stone to publishing a final analysis later this year, we decided to release this preliminary report with a few goals in mind. First, we wanted to update our many dozens of participants…
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August 15, 2018

Announcing a New Project on Language and Literature

This fall Ithaka S+R is launching the tenth project in our ongoing Research Support Services program. This project will focus on the research practices of faculty in the fields of language and literature, broadly defined, and will seek to identify areas where these scholars need further support. Research in language and literature is typically delineated through sub-fields grouped by genre, theory and/or method of analysis (e.g., poetry, history of…
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July 19, 2018

Library Acquisition Patterns

A Preliminary Report with Data from OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services

As an organization that researches scholarly communications and libraries, our interest at Ithaka S+R was piqued when Joseph Esposito questioned whether university press sales to academic libraries were actually in decline. The reason? University presses tend to measure their sales to academic libraries through the wholesale vendors that traditionally distribute their publications. Since Amazon came onto the scene, however, academic libraries have begun to acquire many of their titles from the online retailer, whose sales metrics are not typically counted…
Research Report
July 19, 2018

Library Acquisition Patterns: Preliminary Findings

Several years ago, we set out to better understand how both library acquisition practices and the distribution patterns of publishers and vendors were evolving over time.[1] Within the academic publishing community, there is a sense that academic libraries are acquiring fewer and fewer books and that university presses are struggling amid declining sales. The latter may certainly be true—a recent UK study found that between 2005 and 2014, retail sales of academic books dropped by 13 percent…
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June 27, 2018

New Questionnaire for the US Faculty Survey 2018 Now Available

I am thrilled to announce that we have completed our updates for the upcoming Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018. As in previous cycles, the survey will explore the research and teaching practices, perceptions, and needs of scholars at four-year colleges and universities. This year, we have developed new thematic areas of coverage on research dissemination, open educational resources, and learning analytics, which we believe are vital emergent strategic issues for higher education institutions and their…
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June 21, 2018

The Limits of Area Studies: Studying Scholars of Asia

From 2015-2017, Ithaka S+R partnered with 29 researchers at 11 academic libraries in the U.S. to study the research activities and support needs of scholars in Asian Studies. Today we are excited to release the project’s capstone report, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars, which provides actionable findings for organizations, institutions, and professionals who support these research activities.  Our report is complemented by the local findings (see below) that have…
Research Report
June 21, 2018

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars

Executive Summary Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program investigates how the research support needs of scholars vary by discipline and includes reports on history, chemistry, art history, religious studies, agriculture, and public health. In 2017-2018, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of Asian studies scholars conducting research through U.S. institutions. This project was undertaken collaboratively with research teams at 11 academic libraries with the goal of identifying services to better support Asian studies scholars. This report…
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April 24, 2018

Now Available: Dataset for Library Survey 2016 at ICPSR

Last year we published findings from the Library Survey 2016. We have been running this survey on a triennial basis since 2010 to examine the attitudes and behaviors of library deans and directors at not-for profit four-year academic institutions across the United States. The Library Survey report aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about the important issues and trends that are shaping the purpose, role, and viability of…
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April 2, 2018

Oya Y. Rieger to Join Ithaka S+R

I am thrilled to announce that digital preservation expert and scholarly communications leader Oya Y. Rieger will be joining Ithaka S+R as a Senior Advisor on our Libraries & Scholarly Communication team on July 1.   Oya has worked at Cornell University for over 25 years and currently is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources & Preservation Services. When Oya joins Ithaka S+R, she will continue her affiliation with Cornell, staying on as…
Past Event
April 24, 2018

Breaking Down the Silos

Roger Schonfeld at the STM Society Day Conference

On Tuesday, April 24, Roger Schonfeld is participating in the STM Society Day Conference in Philadelphia. This year’s theme, “Breaking Down the Silos,” takes as its starting point Roger’s recent Scholarly Kitchen post, “Workflow Strategy for Those Left Behind: Strategic Context.” Roger will also speak during the 1:15 panel on “Coordinating all aspects of research.” He will be joined by Penelope Lewis, American Chemical Society, Erin Lavik, University of Maryland, and Karen McCord, Breezio. Phil Jones, Digital Science, will moderate…
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April 25, 2018

The Future of Access

Roger Schonfeld Moderates Panel at the STM US Annual Conference

Roger Schonfeld is moderating a panel on “The Future of Access” at STM’s US Annual Conference on Wednesday, April 25, at 3:15. The panelists include Gaby Appleton, managing director of Mendeley, Yann Mahé, director of innovation & business development at MyScienceWork, and Rob McGrath, CEO of Readcube. The conference is taking place in Philadelphia, and registration is open through the STM website. Panel abstract: The fate of the music business looms over STM publishers like darkening storm clouds. Content providers…
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April 5, 2018

Webinar on the US Faculty Survey 2018: A National Survey with Local Impact

Join us for a webinar as we prepare to field the US Faculty Survey this fall. National Survey: Local Impact April 5, 2018 Noon – 1:00 pm (EDT) REGISTER As in previous cycles, the survey explores the research and teaching practices, perceptions, and needs of scholars at four-year colleges and universities. This year, we’re developing new thematic areas, including research dissemination, instructional practices and open educational resources, and teaching and learning…