2021 in Review

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by the Feeding the Elephant Editorial Collective

As 2021 comes to a close, the Elephant Collective is reflecting on the many conversations we’ve had with the scholars, librarians, and publishers who contributed to this forum in 2021. We heard about the struggle to earn a livable wage, manage remote work, conceptualize what it means to present at an online conference, and represent community voices in the peer review and publications process. We learned about collaborations that are advancing open access and innovative digital formats, picked apart the costs of scholarly monographs and how publishers are managing to balance their budgets, and what we can all do to build solidarity within the scholarly communications ecosystem to make sure it continues to survive and thrive.

As we’ve been reflecting, we collected the year’s posts by category for easy browsing and sharing. And we hope you will share these posts with your colleagues and students and start conversations in your own scholarly communications networks. If there are topics you’d like to see covered on the forum or if you have something you’d like to write about, pitch us! To receive our weekly posts, subscribe to the Book Channel on the H-Net Commons or on Twitter and follow the hashtag #FeedingTheElephant. For now, we are taking a break and look forward to picking up the conversations in 2022!

Feeding the Elephant 2021 at a Glance

1) Writerly and Publishing Advice

2) Workplace Issues

3) Economics of Publishing

4) Innovations in Open Access & Scholarly Communications

5) Collaboration within the Scholarly Communications Ecosystem

6) Scholarly Communications in a Wider Lens

7) And finally, all of the Elephant Roundups in one convenient place!

Have something to say on this topic? Reply to this post or email the Elephant about writing for us. We welcome submissions from stakeholders on all sides of scholarly publishing.