Topic: Journals and publishing

Open season on academics: My brush with predatory publishing

By Gary Genosko

One morning I opened my email to find that I had become editor-in-chief of an academic journal. Well, ‘chief editor’ to be […]


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Access Copyright: University libraries give up on the copyright go-between

By Nick Falvo

Access Copyright is much like the Blockbuster Video of Canadian university libraries. At one time, it seemed indispensable. Today, it’s almost obsolete.


Editorial Matters – Reflections

By Mark Rosenfeld

With this issue, my editorship of Academic Matters comes to a close. Endings also herald new directions as the editorship passes to […]


So Where’s the Literature Review?

By Ann Rauhala

Ann Rauhala, a former journalist now teaching at Ryerson University, says the worlds of academe and journalism are not quite the two solitudes they seem.


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Book Publishing Today: Not for the Faint of Heart

By Nancy McCormack

A writer who took a close and critical look at academic publishing in 2005 turns his attention to trade publishing. And what he sees is even less pretty.


Medical publishing and the drug industry: IS MEDICAL SCIENCE FOR SALE?

By Sergio Sismondo

Observation #1 I recently looked at the c.v. of a distinguished professor of medicine and saw that he had authored (most usually […]


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Open Access: Promises and Challenges of Scholarship in the Digital Age

By Leslie Chan, University of Toronto Scarborough

The Internet has made Open Access publication – the free distribution of scholarly work – a powerful possibility for scholars, administrators and publishers alike. Leslie Chan takes an in-depth look at the potential benefits, and looming challenges, facing this new approach to knowledge dissemination.


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Reflections on University Press Publishing

By Bill Harnum

Former University of Toronto Press executive Bill Harnum describes the current terrain of scholarly book publishing and looks to the future. There are a number of daunting challenges, he writes, but they can be overcome.