Academic and Professional Publishing

1st Edition

Editors: Robert Campbell Ed Pentz Ian Borthwick
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346692
eBook ISBN: 9781780633091
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 10th September 2012
Page Count: 510
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Academic and professional publishing represents a diverse communications industry rooted in the scholarly ecosystem, peer review, and added value products and services. Publishers in this field play a critical and trusted role, registering, certifying, disseminating and preserving knowledge across scientific, technical and medical (STM), humanities and social science disciplines. Academic and Professional Publishing draws together expert publishing professionals, to provide comprehensive insight into the key developments in the industry and the innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches being applied to meet novel challenges.

This book consists of 20 chapters covering what publishers do, how they work to add value and what the future may bring. Topics include: peer-review; the scholarly ecosystem; the digital revolution; publishing and communication strategies; business models and finances; editorial and production workflows; electronic publishing standards; citation and bibliometrics; user experience; sales, licensing and marketing; the evolving role of libraries; ethics and integrity; legal and copyright aspects; relationship management; the future of journal publishing; the impact of external forces; career development; and trust in academic and professional publishing.

This book presents a comprehensive review of the integrated approach publishers take to support and improve communications within academic and professional publishing.

Key Features

  • Brings together expert publishing professionals to provide an authoritative insight into industry developments
  • Details the challenges publishers face and the leading-edge processes and procedures used to meet them
  • Discusses the range of new communication channels and business models that suit the wide variety of subject areas publishers work in


New and upcoming publishing professionals, publishing executives interested in keeping up-to-date with industry developments and publishing courses

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

About the authors

Chapter 1: Introduction: overview of academic and professional publishing



Trends in journal publishing

The four phases of the ‘modern journal’

The rise, fall and rise in circulation

Current status

Electronic publishing

Journals and data

A dark cloud

The future

Chapter 2: Peer review in a rapidly evolving publishing landscape



Peer review as the foundation of the primary literature

The peer-review process

Evaluation and decision-making

New models of peer review

Post-publication review and evaluation

Conclusion and outlook

Chapter 3: The scholarly ecosystem



Funding of research by governments, business and other organisations

Research and researchers

Communicating research

Competition and collaboration

Looking forward

Chapter 4: The digital revolution



Online publishing platforms

Web 2.0

Workflow integration

Mobile devices

Semantic technology

Publisher interests in semantic technology

Conclusion and outlook

Chapter 5: Publishing and communication strategies



Strategic developments in the scientific and academic publishing industry

Product development vs. market development

The Tao of Academic Publishing

Acknowledgments and sources of further information

Chapter 6: Development of journal publishing business models and finances



Business models for scholarly journals

Bundling and multi-journal packages


Pay-per-view purchase and rental



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About the Editor

Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell is Senior Publisher at Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and is Chair of the Publishing Research Consortium (PRC); he is also a former Chair of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) and CrossRef.

Affiliations and Expertise

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Ed Pentz

Ed Pentz is Executive Director of CrossRef and is a board member of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative, the International DOI Foundation and the UK Serials Group (UKSG).

Affiliations and Expertise


Ian Borthwick

Ian Borthwick is a Portfolio Development Manager at IET Standards Limited, UK, and is the Under-35 STM board member serving from 2008 to 2014.

Affiliations and Expertise

IET Standards, UK


Every chapter offers value to the reader. The editors have skillfully succeeded in curating a comprehensive assessment of the academic publishing sector today., Libfocus
The strengths of this book will no doubt allow Academic and Professional Publishing to position itself as an essential text for anyone interested in the scholarly publishing environment., Libfocus
The book has the feel of attending a productive meeting with a mix of interesting facts, worthwhile references, and different perspectives on important topics providing food for thought. A thoughtful overview of the landscape combined with an in-depth look at specific areas., Scholarly Kitchen