Suggestion for institutional subsidy for first book

Great idea from the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for an institutional subsidy for publication of a scholar’s first book:

The rationale in brief is that the market model simply does not work for scholarly monographs. My research on this topic supports this rationale. In recent decades, while a few scholarly journal publishers have benefited from increasing revenues and profits, the average sales for scholarly monographs have plummeted. For details, see my dissertation, chapter 6:

My comment: why just the first book? For scholars in fields where monographs are the norm, why not set aside a reasonable amount (e.g. $10,000) for the first-copy cost to publish a monograph every four years or so?


Introducing Sustaining the Knowledge Commons (Open Access Scholarship)

This blog has been created to support the work of a suite of research projects which I’m very pleased to acknowledge have been selected by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for funding support in the amount of $71,000 Canadian for the period 2014 – 2016. A summary of the suite of projects is available in the blog’s About page. Watch for further details as the research unfolds, demonstrating an open research project.