Book Channel subscribers, and fans of new academic works more broadly, will be interested to discover the New Books Network. This consortium of podcasts, sponsored by Amherst College Press, posts audio interviews with authors about their new scholarly publications. With over sixty new interviews per month in dozens of academic fields, New Books Network podcasts are another great source of information about and discussion of academic books.
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.
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?
Book Channel readers will be interested to know that October 23-29, 2017 is the 10th annual Open Access Week. This year's theme is "Open in order to..."
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