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AAU-ARL Prospectus for an Institutionally Funded First-Book Subvention

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:

 pdfaau-arl-prospectus-for-institutionally-funded-first-book-subvention-june2014.pdf

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:

pdfaau-arl-white-paper-rational-system-for-funding-scholarly-monographs-2012.pdf 

 
 

SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Proposal

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).

pdf share-proposal-07june13.pdf

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)[1] 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs: A White Paper Prepared for the AAU-ARL Task Force on Scholarly Communication

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.

 pdfaau-arl-white-paper-rational-system-for-funding-scholarly-monographs-2012.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 262 (Feb. 2009)

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
 
     

Research Library Issues, no. 266 (Oct. 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
 
 

Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads: A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing

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.

pdf Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads: A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing

 
 

In Oldenburg's Long Shadow

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.

pdf in-oldenburgs-long-shadow.pdf

Print copies are also available for $15.00 plus shipping & handling.
 
 

Principles for Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing (a.k.a. the Tempe Principles)

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.

pdf tempe-principles-10may10.pdf

 
 
 
 

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