"Are you interested in helping shape the future of scholarly communication in Canada?": Progress in Print

Jody Berland


There is now a widely heralded crisis in academic publishing. Recent conferences on
the subject in Australia, the U.S., and Canada remind us that this is an international
phenomenon. The issue is communicated through the language of headlines: the “death
of the book,” the “crisis of publishing.” Everyone agrees that academic publishing
is in trouble.Where is this crisis coming from, and what is it comprised of? There
seems to be a strong tendency to phrase the question in such a way that it invites a
particular answer. Following the diagnosis a single solution presents itself, and that
is going on-line.

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