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The Future of Scholarly Communication
Edited by Deborah Shorley and Michael Jubb
Item Number: 978-1-85604-817-0
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $95.00
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224 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-817-0
Year Published: 2013

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Governments and societies around the globe agree that a vibrant and productive research community underpins a successful knowledge economy. But the context, mechanisms and channels of research communication are in flux.  Presenting analysis of these new trends and drivers, their implications and a future framework, editors Shorley and Jubb draw together the informed commentary of internationally-renowned experts from a wide variety of backgrounds to define the future of research communication. Essential reading for all concerned with the rapidly evolving  scholarly communications landscape, including researchers, librarians, publishers, funders, and academics, the book's key topics include
  • Changing ways of sharing research in chemistry
  • Supporting qualitative research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Creative communication in a “publish or perish” culture
  • Cybertaxonomy
  • Coping with the data deluge
  • Social media and scholarly communications
  • The changing role of the publisher in the scholarly communications process
  • Researchers and scholarly communications
  • The changing role of the journal editor
  • The view of the research funder
  • Changing institutional research strategies
  • The role of the research library
  • Perspectives of library users
This volume pinpoints the key agents of change in scholarly communication.
Table of Contents

Introduction: Scholarly communications – disruptions in a complex ecology – Michael Jubb


1. Changing ways of sharing research in chemistry - Henry S. Rzepa
2. Supporting qualitative research in the humanities and social sciences: using the Mass Observation Archive - Fiona Courage and Jane Harvell
3. Researchers and scholarly communications: an evolving interdependency - David C. Prosser
4. Creative communication in a publish or perish’ culture: can postdocs lead the way? - Katie Anders and Liz Elvidge
5. Cybertaxonomy - Vincent S. Smith
6. Coping with the data deluge - John Wood
7. Social media and scholarly communications: the more they change, the more they stay the same? - Ellen Collins
8. The changing role of the publisher in the scholarly communications process - Richard Bennett


9. The changing role of the journal editor - Mike McGrath
10. The view of the research funder - Robert Kiley
11. Changing institutional research strategies - Ian M. Carter
12. The role of the research library - Mark L. Brown
13. The library users’ view - Roger C. Schonfeld

About the Editors

Deborah Shorley is Director of Library Services at Imperial College, London and responsible for seven libraries as well as a large virtual collection of electronic resources. She is currently Head of UKRR, Chair of MIMAS, a member of the JISC Collections Board, a member of the RLUK Board and a member of the Conseil Scientifique of ABES. She is a frequent contributor to national and international conferences and has previously been CILIP President.

Michael Jubb is Director of the Research Information Network (RIN). He has a long-standing background as an academic, archivist and senior research manager and has been Deputy Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has been responsible for over 30 reports on key aspects of the changing scholarly communications landscape.

”Intended for students and professionals alike, this book is quite timely and represents necessary reading for anyone wanting to understand scholarly communications as a process and as a descriptor of the behavior of researchers … This book fulfills its intended purpose and leaves the reader with a solid understanding, through contextual analysis and careful consideration, of scholarly communications and some of its future implications."
— Catholic Library World

”It brings together in one convenient place, a coherent argument that the digital age has stimulated new ways of thinking about the dissemination of scholarly research. It provides encouragement to those who are participating in that change, and it provides a useful tool to help new converts understand the landscape."
— Technical Services Quarterly

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