Another theme update, TwentyFourteen this time 🙂
Palgrave Pivot: new publishing model for academia
Palgrave Macmillan announces Palgrave Pivot:
Palgrave Macmillan is delighted to announce a new imprint: Palgrave Pivot. Launching globally in Autumn 2012 and publishing across the Humanities and Social Sciences, Palgrave Pivot liberates scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional formats and business models. It offers authors the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph. The new imprint will be available as digital collections for libraries, including via Palgrave Connect, individual ebooks for personal use, and as digitally-produced print editions.
Palgrave Pivot will emphasize speed of delivery as well as innovation. The imprint undertakes to publish within 3 months of acceptance after full peer review.
Titles for Palgrave Pivot are:
- focused on new important research, or are a review of an area with broad appeal
- shorter than a typical scholarly monograph, at an average of 100 pages (or 35 thousand words), meaning that they are faster to write, concise and more digestible for readers
- published exceptionally fast to make new or timely research available more quickly
- rigorously peer-reviewed
- published in print and ebook formats
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Journalism of the Web, not just on it
Jim Brady discussing rationale behind TBD.com, explains difference between journalism OF the web vs journalism ON the web.:
The concept of TBD was to produce a local news operation that wasn’t just on the Web, but OF the Web. What that meant, in my view, was avoiding the trap of producing traditional journalistic forms and just throwing them up on the Web. To truly be OF the Web, you have to produce journalism in ways that works in that medium. Sometimes, that still means producing a traditional all-text narrative. But, more than that, it means truly engaging with your audience, which we did via very aggressive conversation and newsgathering done via social media, via live chats and by building a network of more than 200 local blogs and linking to them and selling advertising for many of them. Being of the Web means linking to other sites, so that you can become the first stop for readers interested in a topic and expose them to multiple voices in a region. It means not viewing mobile at something you have to do to check a box, but truly making an effort to produce a mobile site that thinks about that kind of information someone would want when disconnected from a laptop or desktop. It means not viewing the Web as just another platform. I hate the term “platform agnostic.” I think it’s totally backwards. Some content works on multiple platforms; most of it does not. So we tried to blend these elements — all of which had been done separately in other places — into a unique local blend. And the audience response and traffic suggests TBD is on to something. And many of the calls I’ve gotten about consulting are asking for guidance on how we built TBD, which suggests others see it as a viable model as well.
Centre for Korean-American Peace threatens nuclear war
Tania Branigan emailed this gem from Beijing to the Guardian about
North Korea’s attack on South Korea. Note the place where the guy works 😉
“We repeatedly warned South Korea to stop its dangerous war games. If the South continues its dangerous behaviour, Seoul will be the next target. It will be a sea of fire. Nuclear war could start at any point,” said Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for Korean-American Peace. He said it was fair to describe him as speaking on behalf of the North’s government.
Courtesy of David Curran.
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