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Topic: Scholarly communication

Upcoming Event
April 24, 2024

A Report from the Future

STM US Conference 2024

At the annual STM US Conference in Washington DC, Roger Schonfeld and Tracy Bergstrom will share insights and findings from the Ithaka S+R report on The Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing, unpacking strategic context and shared infrastructure. The session will take place on Wednesday April 24, 2024 at 10:15-10:45am. See the full conference schedule to learn more.
Past Event
March 22, 2024

Breaking Boundaries: Is Open Access Truly Open to All?

Karger in Conversation

Ithaka S+R’s Roger Schonfeld will participate in a thought-provoking panel discussion that aims to critically examine whether open access, despite its advancements, is only halfway towards achieving its goals. By exploring how knowledge can be both accessible an understandable beyond academic spheres, the panel hopes to initiate a dialogue that will shape the next steps in the open access and open science movement. The webinar will also address topics including: Assessing the extent to which open access reaches diverse global…
Blog Post
January 29, 2024

Shared Infrastructure for the Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing

The scholarly publishing sector is undergoing its second digital transformation. In the first, we saw a massive shift from paper to digital, but otherwise publishing retained many of the characteristics of the print era. In this current second digital transformation, many of these structures, workflows, incentives, and outputs are being revamped in favor of new approaches that bring tremendous opportunities, and also non-trivial risks, to scholarly communication. In a report published today, with funding from…
Research Report
January 29, 2024

The Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing

Strategic Context and Shared Infrastructure

The scholarly publishing sector is undergoing its second digital transformation. The first saw a massive shift from paper to digital, but otherwise publishing retained many of the characteristics of the print era. In this current second digital transformation, many of the structures, workflows, incentives, and outputs that characterized the print era are being revamped in favor of new approaches that bring tremendous opportunities, and also non-trivial risks, to scholarly communication. It is our objective with this paper to examine the…
Past Event
December 1, 2023

Enhancing Public Access to the Results of Research Supported by the Department of Health and Human Services

From November 30 through December 1, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a public workshop to inform the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies as they develop or update policies to enhance public access to the results of research funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS). The workshop will cover topics related to scholarly publications, convening authors, researchers, libraries, scholarly publishers, students, and educators. At 10:00am on Friday, December 1, Ithaka…
Past Event
October 24, 2023

Unpacking the Open Access Impact on Print Book Sales

Association of University Presses Webinar

In September, Ithaka S+R and the Association of University Presses published the report “Print Revenue and Open Access Monographs: A University Press Study,” as well as its affiliated data set. On October 24 at 10am ET, join authors of the study in a webinar during OA Week 2023 to discuss the findings in this report, and share ideas about how university presses can use the information to develop sustainable OA monograph publishing solutions. This research was funded by a…
Blog Post
September 19, 2023

Open Access Book Publishing

Print Sales, Publisher Revenues, and New Business Models

Developing open access models for monograph publishing is a priority for many university presses today, but it has been a challenge to provide the level of subvention necessary to sustain open models. As a consequence, open access programs have increasingly looked to include library support as well, for example through various flavors of subscribe to open models. In addition, some publishing leaders have come to question the assumption that when monographs are published on an open access basis,…
Research Report
September 19, 2023

Print Revenue and Open Access Monographs

A University Press Study

What happens to print sales when an OA edition of a scholarly monograph is also available on publication? This is the central focus of this report, which is authored by members and representatives from the Association of University Presses and Ithaka S+R. Beyond exploring the question of the role of print sales in OA monograph publishing, we will also touch briefly on how print sales fit into the overall financial equation of a sustainable OA book model.
Past Event
September 27, 2023

Transforming Metadata

Valuing metadata in changing environments

Transitioning to the next generation of metadata comes at a time of change in the social, political, and economic contexts in which libraries operate. This Transforming Metadata webinar features speakers whose recent publications help us better understand how these forces are shaping scholarly communication and metadata ecologies. Ithaka S+R’s Ioana Hulbert and Tracy Bergstrom share insights from recent studies that track perspectives and priorities among library deans and directors, focusing on challenges for articulating the value of technical and…
Past Event
November 6, 2023

Large Publishing Organizations

2023 Charleston Conference

The largest publishing organizations in the research sector grapple with some vital issues because of their scale, helping to drive the agenda for others while also being targeted for influence and advocacy on several important issues. A plenary panel at the 2023 Charleston Conference moderated by Roger Schonfeld will bring together executive leaders from some of these largest publishing organizations to discuss a few of the biggest issues facing scholarship and scholarly communication in the decade ahead. The session…
Blog Post
August 15, 2023

The Future of Annual Meetings and Scholarly Societies

New Report from Ithaka S+R and JSTOR Labs

As the pandemic recedes into memory, scholarly societies find themselves at a crossroads. For the past several years, the decision to hold hybrid or virtual meetings was dictated by outside forces: it is now a matter of choice. Though the virtual meetings of 2020-22 mostly failed to provide the rich social and networking experiences that in-conference meetings provide, they were more accessible to a much wider, and more diverse, community of scholars.
Research Report
August 15, 2023

Of Meetings and Members

The Interconnected Future of Conferences and Scholarly Societies

As the pandemic recedes into memory, societies find themselves at a crossroads. For several years, the decision to hold hybrid or virtual meetings was dictated by outside forces: it has now become a question of societies’ priorities, mission, and values. It is too early to tell whether the virtual meetings of 2020-22 were anomalies, but a casual observer might reasonably describe the “new normal” as nearly identical to the old one. A closer view suggests a more nuanced picture.
Blog Post
July 17, 2023

Draft Report for Community Input

Shared Infrastructure for Scholarly Communication

We’re thankful for all the comments the draft report received. We will publish a final revised version in October. A robust and nimble infrastructure is imperative to support the vital work of scholarly communication and effectively and efficiently meet the emerging service needs of different stakeholders. Publishers and other scholarly communication services and providers rely on this shared infrastructure in many key parts of their work, and it forms a foundational part of their technology stack and service…
Past Event
July 12, 2023

What’s Next for Generative AI in Higher Education?

AACRAO Technology & Transfer Virtual Summit

Over the past year, AI has transformed from a specialized tool into an easy to use mass market product. The speed of this transformation has left many colleges and universities playing catch up as generative AI touches every aspect of higher education, including their core missions of educating students and supporting academic research. In a rapidly evolving landscape, how can universities make strategic decisions about when and how AI can support student learning and faculty research? Ithaka S+R is…
Past Event
October 17, 2023

Shared Infrastructure for Scholarly Publishing

STM Conference 2023

Shared infrastructure includes everything from discovery services to identifier providers, from editorial management systems and hosting platforms to research integrity services. In one way or another, shared infrastructure is foundational to the work of every publisher. This year, Ithaka S+R is conducting a study about successes, needs, and gaps in the publishing community’s shared infrastructure. The project, which is supported by STM Solutions, will result in a white paper to be published in early October. This session, on Tuesday…
Past Event
June 1, 2023

The Evolving Knowledge Ecosystem

In a plenary session at the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 45th Annual Meeting, Ithaka S+R’s Roger Schonfeld will moderate a candid discussion that addresses some of the most exciting opportunities and the greatest challenges shaping the present and future of scholarly communication. The session will engage with the ways leading companies are addressing these issues and changes, and what your organization might want to consider as you plan for the future of your programs. Join the session on Thursday,…
Blog Post
May 24, 2023

Making AI Generative for Higher Education

Announcing the Partners for a New Multi-Year Research Project

The ability of computers to create content is advancing rapidly, spurring an investment arms race within the technology sector. As new products like ChatGPT and Midjourney turn AI into a part of daily life, universities are facing decisions about how students, instructors, and researchers can best engage with these new tools. This fall, as part of a two-year research project, Ithaka S+R is convening a select group of universities committed to making AI generative for their campus community. Today we…
Past Event
May 17, 2023

Navigating the Academic Career Ladder

Ensuring Credit and Recognition for your Contributions

On Wednesday, May 17 at 1 pm ET, Dylan Ruediger will join a panel of experts to provide practical guidance on navigating the complex world of academic credit. The webinar, hosted by Frontiers, will provide an engaging conversation on how to highlight your relevant experiences, track your achievements, and get the recognition you deserve in a research career. Steve Howell will share practical tips on how to get promoted in academia, Dylan Ruediger will provide context on the broader academic…
Research Report
April 24, 2023

Common Scholarly Communication Infrastructure Landscape Review

Scholarly communication is the process through which research products and outputs (such as articles, audiovisual materials, data, code, and research methods) are created, assessed, improved, shared, disseminated, and preserved in a variety of modes including through formal and informal publications, conferences, and other academic networking methods. Shared infrastructure is a key enabler for delivering the services that authors and readers need. It is composed of standards, platforms, technologies, policies, and the communities that enable and support them.
Blog Post
April 11, 2023

US Faculty Survey Updates

2021 Data Now Available and Looking Ahead to 2024

For over 20 years Ithaka S+R has tracked teaching and research trends through a national survey of faculty. Today we are excited to share several updates about the program. Working with our data Last year we published the findings from the US Faculty Survey and in parallel we have been working with the incredible staff at ICPSR to ensure that the associated data is made openly available at the highest level of quality for current and future use. The…