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ARTH 560 Methods: Session on Responsible Authorship, Spring, 2020

This is an outline of the major topics discussed in the session that includes links to additional information.

Introduction

This guide accompanies the "Responsible Authorship" session of ArtH 560: Methods of Research in Art History.  It lists most of the topics covered in that session and provides links to the sources used in the session and to additional sources of information.

Economic Factors in Academic Publishing

A handful of trends in the commercial aspects of academic publishing have placed stresses on scholarship that seem unsustainable and are arguably unjust.  These include (but are not limited to):

 
  • An increasing portion of published scholarship that is controlled by a small number of commercial publishers.  For example, data for journals show how six publishers control an increasing percentage of academic journal articles: 
  • Cost increases in academic journal publishing have been well-above other inflationary measures for decades.  

  • Due to the factors above, and the practice that the larger companies have of "packaging" their products so that individual titles may not be selected by libraries, an increasing amount of academic library expenditures is consumed by the costs of subscriptions for journals and databases:

  • A similar phenomenon has led to dramatic increases in the costs incurred by students for textbooks.