From the Web: Progress in Open-Access Publishing for Digital Scholarship

Book Channel readers will note with interest a story from Inside Higher Ed about progress made by Lever Press toward its first publications later this year. Launched in 2016, Lever Press is a new initiative to publish rigorous academic works that were "born digital" and intended for access online.

The Center for Research Libraries | Global Resources Network

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium that collects research materials and makes them available to members. While the majority of the collections are in print or microfilm, digitization efforts contribute to an ever-growing body of resources accessible online

How should historians discuss LGBT+ history in textbooks?

Book Channel readers may be interested in an ethical and methodological question posed by Theresa Harrington for The Atlantic"Should history textbooks 'out' LGBT figures?"

Harrington cites a new California law to adopt K-12 history textbooks that highlight the contributions of LGBT people. The conundrum, of course, is how to discuss the identities of people who would not have referred to themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. during their own lifetimes.

From the Web: Beware of the "Predatory Journal"

Book Channel readers may be interested in this week's piece from The New York Times on the rise of so-called "predatory journals," which publish academic research in exchange for a fee paid by the author. The Times argues that many researchers, despite their awareness of this exploitation, continue to publish in such journals anyway. Why? It's a "new and ugly symbiosis" -- padding CVs for tenure and promotion by propping up poorly-vetted, non-peer-reviewed, "dubious" journals.

Who's to blame? And why is there such silence around this issue?


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