The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are working together, through a Task Force on Scholarly Communication, to ensure a robust system of scholarly communication in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The task force seeks to address the economic challenges facing scholarly monograph publishing and to exploit digital communication technologies to move the academy towards a sustainable, innovative, and open system for supporting humanistic research.
Specifically, the task force intends to address the inability of a market model to adequately support research monograph publication based primarily on scholarly merit. This prospectus describes a faculty title subvention designed to ensure the long-term economic viability of foundational scholarly monographic publishing, while promoting the emergence of innovative digital models:
This prospectus is based on “A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs,” a white paper prepared for the task force in November 2012 by Raym Crow of Chain Bridge Group:
photo by Courtney Vogel, © Longwood UniversityThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Rikk Mulligan program officer for scholarly publishing, effective July 14, 2014. His two-year fellowship position has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) through their Public Fellows Program.
In this position, Mulligan will work with a joint task force of ARL and the Association of American Universities (AAU) to promote the use of the enhanced capabilities of digital technology to move the academy towards new, sustainable, affordable, innovative forms of scholarship. He will assist the initiation and development of the ARL/AAU task force work within ARL member libraries and facilitate the task force’s consultations with key sectors of higher education. Mulligan will also work on other collaborative scholarly communication activities with the academy.
image: Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 19 fol. 1rARL has been selected to be a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2014, the Public Fellows Program will place 20 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance.
image © Mitchell Joyce and Kristin MansonThe Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed its members and ARL libraries in 2012 to identify elements of successful collaborations. The survey included questions on operational and financial structures and resulted in descriptions of the variety of existing relationships between presses and libraries. Follow-up interviews with some respondents were conducted in 2013. Today AAUP released a report, Press and Library Collaboration Survey, that includes a number of broad conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration. For an overview and to read the full report, see the AAUP news release, “Successful Press-Library Collaborations Rely on Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions.”
The Library Publishing Forum aims to bring together representatives of libraries engaged in or considering publishing activities. The first forum will be hosted by the Library Publishing Coalition in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 5–6, 2014. Registration is now open and a call for posters has been announced. Early-bird registration ends January 31. Poster proposals are due January 24.
image © CERN, credit Lucas TaylorUnder the leadership of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, partners in 24 countries are participating in the largest-scale global open access initiative ever built—SCOAP3. Involving an international collaboration of more than 1,000 libraries, library consortia, and research organizations, SCOAP3 will make it possible for a significant percentage of scientific articles in the field of high-energy physics to become open access at no cost for any author and with a reduction of subscription fees for libraries. Everyone will be able to read the articles, authors will retain copyright, and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.
SCOAP3The SCOAP3 model is built on redirecting funds currently used to pay for subscriptions to participating journals to support their conversion to open access, as well as to cover article-processing fees in existing open access journals. Launch of SCOAP3 is scheduled for January 1, 2014, and confirmation of participation is requested by November 15, 2013. SCOAP3 costs institutions no more than they are paying now for the subscriptions and has, due to unprecedented global negotiations, driven reductions in publisher article-processing fees when SCOAP3 goes live and will ensure the granting of CC-BY licenses for the articles. For US libraries that have not yet confirmed their participation, information can be found on the LYRASIS website or by contacting
The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and ARL have drafted a proposal in response to the OSTP memo: The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE).
The proposal begins:
Research universities are long-lived and are mission-driven to generate, make accessible, and preserve over time new knowledge and understanding. Research universities collectively have the assets needed for a national solution for enhanced public access to federally funded research output. As the principal producers of the resources that are to be made publicly available under the new White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum, and that are critical to the continuing success of higher education in the United States, universities have invested in the infrastructure, tools, and services necessary to provide effective and efficient access to their research and scholarship. The new White House directive provides a compelling reason to integrate higher education’s investments to date into a system of cross-institutional digital repositories that will be known as SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)...
Comments and questions about the draft SHARE proposal (PDF) are welcome—please send e-mail to
ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280, which features articles on open educational resources (OERs) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, ARL's e-book licensing effort, and research library trends as shown by the ARL Statistics. A pre-publication version of the article about OERs was released earlier this year.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
This white paper was commissioned by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joint Task Force on Scholarly Communication to explore the inability of a market model to adequately support research publication based solely on scholarly merit and to identify projects through which AAU-ARL members might constructively intercede. The paper was prepared for the task force in November 2012 by Raym Crow of the Chain Bridge Group.
RLI issue 262 includes the following articles:
- The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship: A Call to Action
- ARL Statement to Scholarly Publishers on the Global Economic Crisis
- Reinventing Science Librarianship: Themes from the ARL-CNI Forum
- ARL Statistics: Redefining Serial Counts and Remaining Relevant in the 21st Century
Presented at the 155th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2009.
Presented at the 155th ARL Membership Meeting, October 2009.
RLI issue 266 includes:
- Removing All Restrictions Cornell’s New Policy on Use of Public Domain Reproductions
- Evolving Preservation Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries
- SPARC Explores Income Models for Supporting Open-Access Journals
- ARL Salary Survey Highlights
This s a traditional print publication, freezing in time a series of fleeting e-mail messages that envision a future of publishing that goes well beyond print. We have heard many sanguine predictions about the demise of paper publishing, but life is short and the inevitable day still seems a long way off. This is a subversive proposal that could radically hasten that day. It is applicable only to ESOTERIC (non-trade, no-market) scientific and scholarly publication (but that is the lion's share of the academic corpus anyway), namely, that body of work for which the author does not and never has expected to SELL the words. The scholarly author wants only to PUBLISH them, that is, to reach the eyes and minds of peers, fellow esoteric scientists and scholars the world over, so that they can build on one another's contributions in that cumulative. collaborative enterprise called learned inquiry.
Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads: A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing
Jean-Claude Guédon • 2001 • ISBN 0-918006-81-3 • 70 pp.
Dr. Guédon made a presentation on these ideas in May 2001 at ARL's 138th Membership Meeting, a meeting held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in Toronto. The presentation was received very positively and, Dr. Guédon agreed to write a paper to encourage further discussion. The result is the paper in hand. In Oldenburg’s Long Shadow is published by ARL with permission of the author in order to stimulate further discussion and new thinking on the important issues that he raises.
Print copies are also available for $15.00 plus shipping & handling.
The "Tempe Principles" were agreed to by the undersigned individuals as a result of a meeting held in Tempe, Arizona, on March 2-4, 2000. Sponsored by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Merrill Advanced Studies Center of the University of Kansas, the meeting was held to facilitate discussion among the various academic stakeholders in the scholarly publishing process and to build consensus on a set of principles that could guide the transformation of the scholarly publishing system.