Question Everything - the future of scholarly publishing

Learned Publishing - January 2019 Special Issue

For scholarly and professional publishing, there are certain “truths” we hold as self-evident – but global, cultural and technological forces in today’s information economy are bringing us to question the status quo. The special January 2019 issue of Learned Publishing will ask the hard questions and we invite your contributions: Are we operating under assumptions that are evidence-based and borne out in the research literature? Or have we accepted age-old maxims without putting them to the test? As Learned Publishing turns 30, join us as we look into the future of publishing through the window of evidence rather than tradition and assumption.

In this special issue, we aim to address the following questions:

  • What do claims of “academic freedom” mean today?
  • What is the nature of trust in scholarship? 
  • How exactly is the culture of “publish or perish” influencing scholarship?
  • What is the nature of collaboration? Or "collabetition"?
  • How are researchers competing for scarce research funding resources?
  • Are OA, preprints, and other innovations pushing us beyond a binary version of record? 
  • What does it mean to “publish” in today's economy? What is a publisher anyway?

About Learned Publishing
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?
There are many benefits to contributing to the journal and our Editors have detailed these here. Our author guidelines can be found at

For further information please contact:

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

Banner Learned Publishing at 30 link to journal timeline on Wiley website