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60 Things Academic Book Publishers Do – by Francine O’Sullivan

October 23, 2013

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Old books in a pile

These are interesting times for academic book publishers. Squeezed between various research assessment exercises on the one hand and the opening up of the self-publishing market on the other, we are called upon more and more to justify what value we add to scholarly research. Following on from the excellent blogpost in The Scholarly Kitchen on ‘A Proposed List – 60 Things Journal Publishers Do’ my colleagues and I have compiled a quick and dirty list of 60 things a high quality academic book publisher will do to help disseminate good research, maximise citations and protect their authors’ work and interests. It may well not be exhaustive but I hope it gives an idea of the kind of value you should expect your publisher to add to the research process.

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