Versita has just released a new Open Access monograph publication: Constructivist Blended Learning Approach to Teaching English for Specific Purposes by Oleg Tarnopolsky.
The excellent Public Knowledge Project (PKP) recently released an open source piece of software that’s specifically geared towards publishing monographs: OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication. OMP will operate, as well, as a press website with catalog, distribution, and sales capacities. The Open Monograph Press is exactly the sort of initiative we need right now for the academic monograph. As Jonathan Gray wrote: The UK government’s recently announced plans to open up publicly funded research have had a luke warm response […]
I just came across the following video via Anthony Molaro: I agree with one of the sentiments of the talk: that important content need not be restricted to books. Having been a serious blogger for at least six years now, I would make the claim that some of my most important content is to be found online. Still, I don’t have many academic articles to my name, and there certainly aren’t any books on the horizon. But even for more seasoned academics the reality is started to get somewhat blurred in terms of the quality in output. For the other […]
A decade or so ago you’d be forgiven for thinking that the monograph was in terminal decline. Just take the now 13-year-old words of Stanley Chodorow, who in his work, The Pace of Scholarship, the Scholarly Career, and the Monograph, claimed that the specialization of the academic monograph signalled “Its evolutionary track is at an end. It is heading for extinction”. Such strong words would’ve likely been the sentiments of many individuals at the time. Still, even before we were talking about online access, journals found themselves becoming increasingly dominant: both the growing number of journal titles and their steep […]