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The Endangered Monograph

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Confluence of Changes

"The scholarly book is in peril."
The University of California Academic Council's Special Committee on Scholarly Communication, The Case of Scholarly Book Publishing (PDF)

The scholarly monograph serves a purpose for and is published and supported by a variety of interdependent systems: scholars as authors, tenure and promotion infrastructures, libraries, university presses, and other scholarly publishers.

Significant changes, both market- and technologically driven, have occurred for each of these partners, with unsatisfying results. "A growing chorus of observers has concluded that the current system of scholarly and scientific publishing is unsustainable." (The Future of Scholarly Communication in the Humanities: Adaptation or Transformation? SPARC report, PDF)

Consider these pressures:


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