Celebrating 300 Episodes of The Authority File: Open Access and ScholComm’s Growth

These 10 episodes track the evolution of open publishing and scholarly communication strategies

To celebrate The Authority File reaching 300 episodes, the Choice team put together several lists highlighting key episodes and topics. This collection unpacks the growth and development of open access and scholarly communication. Guests chat about the OA monograph market, Seamless Access, and institutional repositories. Enjoy!

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Episode 151: What is a scholarly podcast?: Open scholarship and Web 2.0

How can academic podcasters earn credit for their work within the academy? What would it take to build a distribution or discovery service for academic podcasts? How would that fit into, compete with or live alongside the existing podcast discovery services? Read more and listen here.

Episode 35: Experimentation in the Open Access Monograph Market: Open Access Publishing Models and Workflows

Open access publication in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is well established, though still a marginal percentage of the market, while in the humanities and social sciences, open publication is still in its infancy, without a firmly planted business model. Read more and listen here.

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Episode 221: The Path Toward Open Science: The Value of Partnerships

A publisher is only as good as its partnerships—especially in the age of open access (OA). But beyond library-publisher agreements or OA consortium goals, how can publishers advance the scholarly ecosystem toward more widely accessible OA publishing paths? What are the benefits of treating open science as a collaborative goal instead of an independent, siloed mission statement? Read more and listen here.

Episode 79: Annual Reviews: Subscribe to Open

Bill talks with Richard Gallagher, the President and Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews, about Subscribe to Open, a pilot program that enlists subscribing libraries to help open up journal content. They also discuss Plan S, and Richard offers a few ideas for smaller publishers who are thinking about changing their business models. Read more and listen here.

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Episode 90: Increasing Academic Freedom through Open Educational Resources: A Conversation with Rajiv Jhangiani

For Rajiv Jhangiani, open educational resources are just the beginning of unbinding higher education from its capitalist fetters. He chats about why making the transition to more open forms of education is necessary for students and their professors. Read more and listen here.

Episode 118: Finding a Place for Open Access Monographs: A Lack of Product-Market Fit

In the past 20 years, scholarly monograph sales have sharply declined. As the publishing world moves online, the skills that can’t be robotized—copyediting, designing, marketing—continue to add up. Read more and listen here.

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Episode 114: What Is Seamless Access?: “A New Experience of Federated Access”

A one-step, streamlined access service born out of the RA21 initiative last June, Seamless Access uses federated identity as its authentication process to allow researchers to access content from different publishers at any place or time—not just when they’re using their institution’s IP address. Simple, right? Read more and listen here.

Episode 85: Moving From Content Discovery To Delivery: Trends in Teaching and Research Workflows

Researchers’ habits have changed. They expect seamless access to every relevant article or book chapter whether they’re on campus or off. And the way they work is changing libraries. Libraries can offer more content than ever before, but when a researcher reads a relevant article, do they even know the library made that access possible? Read more and listen here.

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Episode 183: MIT Presses Direct-to-Open: Determining Success and Incentives

After receiving a grant from the Arcadia Fund in 2019, MIT Press got to work building a collective action model for open access monograph publishing. The press juggled several obstacles, like limited data on OA monographs and having to determine a realistic target needed to sustain the program. With Direct to Open (D2O) now officially launched, how did it evolve into its current form today? Read more and listen here.

For a 2022 update on D2O, listen to Direct to Open Post-Launch: Refreshers, Partnerships, and Catching Up.

Episode 44: The Evolving Institutional Repository Landscape: Maure Institutional Repositories

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Utah State University’s Dylan Burns describe how their institutional repositories are currently structured and how they are opening up new collaborative opportunities. Read more and listen here.

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