Each of LAPIS session is full of various of publishing knowledge. Today’s session mainly focus on scholar publishing, the history of journal publishing, serial crisis, peer review and many scholarly communications. Thanks Ernesto and his slides!
Scholarly publishing begin from 1660s in UK and “in crisis” from the 1980s, which amazed me cause I thought it in crisis around recent years. Another thing is that it be treated as opposed to “trade” publishing. Actually I thought it is also a kind of “trade” publishing before. Scholarly publishers are mainly commercial publishers, university presses, learned societies and non-profit organizations while readers are usually academic and research libraries, few large public libraries and individuals. From 1980s the serial crisis happened more or less because of increased journal price, which highly beyond consumer price index. As for the reasons, price are the dominant reason why people cancel journal subscriptions. Low usage, program needs changed, budget cuts, format incompatibility are the reasons as well. I feel it is a shame to cancel subscriptions just because of the high cost of knowing(38% of all reasons are linking to money issue). In this case maybe more methods should be put forward to make sure every audience I mentioned above could still read scholarly publishing. However, I am not sure if this survey contains online academic journals. I suspect the result will be different if they are contained.