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Blog hand-off: Some reflections before shifting to occasional contributor mode

I started Omega Alpha | Open Access late in 2011 in response to a troublesome trend I was witnessing in my library—an increasing number of longstanding, highly regarded, and reasonably priced not-for-profit society and institution theological and religious studies journals were being

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Open Library of Humanities Update, Part 2: More about disciplinary curation; a first Religious Studies content initiative; and partnering with libraries for sustainable funding

In Part 1 of this Open Library of Humanities Update, I reported that the article submissions platform, built in partnership with Ubiquity Press, has been launched and is now accepting submissions. I also introduced the Religious Studies and Theology Section

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Is there a serials crisis yet? When it comes to Theological and Religious Studies journals, I’d have to say yes

The last time I was in a sustained lazy phase about blogging it was a choice piece of satire written by Dorothea Salo that got me writing again. Who would have thought that Salo would again get me off the couch? The other

Posted in Book/Article Review, Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Society of Biblical Literature releases (restrictive) Green Open Access Policy

Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. As an international organization [of over 8,500 members], the Society offers its

Posted in OA Policies, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Best excerpts from Poynder’s “The State of Open Access” interviews, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my post, Best excerpts from Poynder’s “The State of Open Access” interviews. If you missed it, here is the link back to Part 1. Still catching up from my summer hiatus, I wanted to make sure

Posted in "The Hat Tip", Book/Article Review, Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Interviews (Publishers), Interviews (Scholars), Libraries & OA, OA Policies, Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Best excerpts from Poynder’s “The State of Open Access” interviews, Part 1

Still catching up from my summer hiatus, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss Richard Poynder’s The State of Open Access interview series over on his Open and Shut? blog. Richard Poynder, an independent journalist hailing from the UK,

Posted in "The Hat Tip", Book/Article Review, Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Interviews (Publishers), Interviews (Scholars), Libraries & OA, OA Policies, Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

EBSCO Serials Price Projections for 2014 recognizes rising impact of open access; highlights perils of continued publisher consolidation

EBSCO Information Services is not only a well-known database aggregator of academic journal literature and e-books, they also manage the purchase of print and electronic journal subscriptions for libraries and institutions (its original business). The other day I received EBSCO’s Serials Price

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

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