The Future of Scholarly Publishing

Learned Publishing - January 2020 Special Issue

Society publishers today are tackling challenges on many levels, from cultural to economic to technological -- as they face change on every front: global funding and policy transformations, an aging membership, and new modes of research practice and communication.

The special January 2020 themed issue of Learned Publishing  questions the future of society publishing, and we now invite your submissions addressing these important topics:

  • What is the new economy of society publishing?
  • Does commercial independence impact editorial freedom of expression for learned associations?
  • What are the challenges or benefits in self-publishing?
  • Is it all about journals -- what is happening with society book publishing?
  • How will Plan S and other funding revolutions impact the scholarly association’s role in research dissemination?
  • What do members expect from societies today?
  • Have the values of society publishing changed as well, whether financial value, cultural or intellectual? 

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Learned Publishing is peer reviewed and made freely available to all members of ALPSP and SSP and so reaches a wide audience - all staff at many societies and scholarly publishers, consultants, service providers, academics and librarians.
It is a traditional subscription journal (offering hybrid OA) and is included within the Wiley Online Library Information bundle.

Why Publish in Learned Publishing?
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For further information please contact:

Editor-in-chief, Pippa Smart or
North American Editor: Lettie Conrad 

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