ERIC Number: ED422772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
To Publish and Perish.
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v7 n4 spec iss Mar 1998
This essay describes the struggle to maintain access to significant research and scholarship at a time when both the volume and price of information have increased nearly three-fold in the last decade. The discussion, which is derived from a roundtable of presidents, chief academic officers, university librarians, and policy and legal experts, examines the cultural, economic, and sociological aspects of this problem by highlighting the ways in which administrative, faculty and library cultures and capacities conflict. Strategies proposed as solutions include: (1) changing traditional conceptions about faculty and research by emphasizing quality over quantity of work, thus reducing the amount of publishing required for academic career advancement; (2) making universities better, more efficient consumers of academic materials; (3) educating faculty about the economics of the problem as it relates to copyright and publication and providing practical steps that faculty themselves can take to lessen problems in this area; (4) investing in electronic forms of scholarly communication; and (5) decoupling publication and faculty evaluation for the purposes of promotion and tenure. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Budgets, College Libraries, Computer Mediated Communication, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educational Economics, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, Productivity, Publications, Publish or Perish Issue, Resource Allocation, Scholarly Journals, Scholarship
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Pew Higher Education Roundtable, Philadelphia, PA; Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.; Association of American Universities, Washington, DC.