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The Open Access Citation Advantage

46 studies our of 70 have found that Open Access publications receive more citations. http://sparceurope.org/oaca_table/

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24 things university presses do well

http://www.aaupnet.org/about-aaup/about-university-presses/the-value-of-university-presses

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OASPA accepts University of Adelaide Press membership

This month the University of Adelaide Press was accepted as a full member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. OASPA, based in The Hague, carefully vet their members to ensure that the books they publish are genuine peer-reviewed scholarship, and that titles are made available with a Creative Commons licence, for the clearest dissemination […]

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Creative Commons licences – first titles available now

The University of Adelaide Press has released its first titles with Creative Commons licences. Kym Anderson’s Economics titles now have a CC-BY licence, which allows readers a wide range of reuse without the need to contact the publisher.  Titles using the CC-BY licence will display the official logo, which you can click on to see […]

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100,000 downloads

The total downloads of all our books crossed 100,000 at the end of March. That’s an average of about 5,000 per book, which is many more than the 350 expected sales an academic book in print-form only could manage.  The numbers are not equal, of course, Coastal Management in Australia represents one in four of […]

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The art of a good book cover

A good book cover attracts attention, but for the right reasons.  Here are our galleries of alternative book covers, to show how many options our designer creates to get the right one: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/our-cover-designs/

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The Mighty Amazon

Amazon has been the main driver of the introduction of ebooks in commercial publishing.  But are they trying to become the only link between the reader and the writer? “Not very long ago it was thought no one would read a book on a computer screen. That assumption is now demonstrably wrong. Today, whether writers […]

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Going mad about ebook formats?

The PDF is still holding its ground as a reliable format that you can read anywhere, and own and share it the same way you can own physical books. This blogger doesn’t think the other restrictive ebook formats will survive: http://gyrovague.com/

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Harvard University pushes for Open Access

Open Access publishing is ever proving the  future for scholarly publications, both books and journals. The Australian reports that Harvard University has had enough of paying exorbitant journal subscriptions: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/journals-too-expensive-go-open-access-harvard-decree/story-e6frgcjx-1226339169404

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Making a killing out of journals

Around universities world-wide more and more scientists are asking how much they need Elsevier and other huge publishers making a fortune publishing their journals.  For example, in 2011 Elsevier reported a bigger profit margin than Apple.  Unlike Apple, they are not paying for the core product they are selling: scientific research. Worse still, they often […]

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