Monday, March 5, 2007

UC Berkeley Awarded A.W. Mellon Grant to Assess the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication

The Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley has been awarded a large grant to examine the future of scholarly communication. This new study will continue from the Center's earlier work which was concerned with the significance of faculty values and the essential function of peer review in faculty attitudes and subsequent publishing behavior.

From the UC Berkeley press release (Berkeley, Calif., March 02, 2007):
The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) of the University of California, Berkeley has been recently awarded a grant of more than $400,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its research into the changing nature of scholarly communication and publication practices in the networked age. . . .

The new two-year research project will focus on the needs and desires of faculty for “in-progress” scholarly communication (i.e., forms of communication employed as research is being executed) as well as archival publication. A number of specific, different and complementary disciplines will be explored. The project posits that a broad understanding of the full array of activities related to the scholarly communication lifecycle and its intersection with scholarship itself will be needed to assess the future communication and publication landscape in universities. That includes what roles emerging and interactive electronic media will or will not play at various stages. . . . . MORE

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