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The Academic Book of the Future - Progress & REF2014 data


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Presentation given by Simon Tanner for the The Academic Book of the Future at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers International Conference, September 2015.
This presentation provides a first glance at the research data gathered on book s submitted to the REF2014. It also summarises some progress to date and Michael Jubb's research findings of issues of importance to academics and publishers alike.

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The Academic Book of the Future - Progress & REF2014 data

  1. 1. Simon Tanner King’s College London @SimonTanner @AcBookFuture #AcBookFuture Communities of Practice Progress and REF2014 data
  2. 2. Project team:  Samantha Rayner, Nick Canty & Rebecca Lyons (UCL),  Simon Tanner & Marilyn Deegan (KCL)  Michael Jubb as key consultant  Project Board Chair: Kathryn Sutherland, Oxford University Context of Project #AcBookFuture Project Board Core Management Group Stakeholders Partners Community Coalition AHRC/BL Steering Group
  3. 3. Starting Point #AcBookFuture To examine the roles and purposes of academic books to serve scholarship and wider learning To examine and analyse the dynamics of academic book production, curation, and use To investigate and assess the opportunities and challenges associated with technological developments ( v i a 2 p h a s e s o f a c t i v i t y ) “What do scholars want?” We all want our cultural record to be comprehensive, stable, and accessible. And we all want to be able to augment that record with our own contributions. Jerome McGann, Sustainability: the Elephant in the Room. Paper for the 2010 Conference, Digital Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come.
  4. 4. Investigating the REF2014 #AcBookFuture REF 2014 submissions provides a rich data set as a means of learning more about the academic books created and deemed worthy of submission in the last REF cycle (2009-2014). Focus = Main Panel D for Arts and Humanities. Within this Panel the data can be investigated by Unit of Assessment Subject Area and by Research Output Type. Likely outcomes: Allow an identification of who are the publishers of the book submissions Other possibilities:- author gender, book format/length etc, books per submitting institution, open access books Results may stimulate discourse Caveats abound...
  5. 5. REF 2014: Proportion of Output Type by Subject Area Panel Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
  6. 6. REF 2014: Comparing Modern Languages, English & History Modern Languages & Linguistics English Language & Literature History Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
  7. 7. REF 2014: Comparing Subjects with Varied Output Types Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management Music, Drama, Dance & Performing Arts Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
  8. 8. REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 30: History  1657 Books in the following output types  Authored Books (1320),  Edited Books (290) and  Scholarly Editions (47)  295 unique Publishers found  Top 10 most used Publishers = 930 books or 56%  258 Publishers (87%) had 5 or fewer books submitted  171 Publishers (57%) had one book submitted – mostly non-UK  761 books submitted (46%) were from a University Press.  Outside the top 5 these were mostly non-UK publishers. Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015 Publishers with >10 books submitted 213 Oxford University Press 162 Cambridge University Press 143 Palgrave Macmillan 98 Manchester University Press 74 Ashgate 70 Routledge 52 Boydell & Brewer 51 Yale University Press 40 Brill Academic Publishers 27 Continuum International Publishing 27 Edinburgh University Press 21 I B Tauris 21 Pickering & Chatto 20 Harvard University Press 19 Bloomsbury Publishing 16 Penguin 14 Allen Lane 14 British Academy/Oxford University Press 14 Liverpool University Press 14 University of Wales Press 12 University of Chicago Press 11 Reaktion Books
  9. 9. Some brief reflections & directions from Michael Jubb’s research for the Project #AcBookFuture Sales, acquisitions, licensing etc models. Neither publishers nor librarians nor aggregators/intermediaries are satisfied with current models, especially for e-books, despite recent experimentation. Further examination of current models, the constraints on all sides, and how they might be eased, could help to signal ways forward and promote the further use of e-books Relationships between publishers, intermediaries, libraries and retailers. There is considerable concern both from publishers and libraries about the complexities of the supply chain to end-users, and about the concentration in the intermediary market. Further examination of the relationships between the different kinds of agents in the supply chain could help to point ways to reduce complexity and thus to ease those concerns.
  10. 10. Some brief reflections & directions from Michael Jubb’s research for the Project #AcBookFuture The role of books in the digital scholarly infrastructure. Books remain a critical part of the scholarly infrastructure in analogue form. But we have not yet clearly articulated how to present the broad range of scholarly resources in the humanities in an effective and user-friendly way, integrating ‘books’ into the wider range of resources and tools. Further examination of this issue could provide powerful insights into how research in the arts and humanities might most effectively develop for the future. Incentives to publish books. No crisis in Scholarly Publishing. There seem to be powerful incentives to write and to publish books, even as volumes of sales of individual titles fall; and there is concern that too many books with little chance of significant sales or readership are being published. Further examination to develop more evidence, and if so how incentives might alter or be influenced could point towards Academic Book Futures.
  11. 11. Academic Book Week: Nov 9-16th #AcBookFuture
  12. 12. Academic Book Week: Nov 9-16th #AcBookFuture BIG DEBATE Opening the Book : The Future of the Academic Monograph An international multi-centred debate to be held in Academic Book Week, 9-16 November 2015. With Oxford University We are also creating a Palgrave Pivot book. The process of this experimental publication will be live-tweeted and blogged, before the book is launched at The Academic Book of the Future Showcase event at The British Library on Friday 13th November.
  13. 13. Get in touch! @AcBookFuture The Academic Book of the Future #AcBookFuture