Learned Publishing: Volume 34, No 1 | January 2021
The first Learned Publishing issue of 2021 offers our community critical reflections on the crises and disruptions we weathered together in 2020 and suggests resilient, productive paths forward for us.
Contributors to this special issue include both scholars and practitioners, sharing first-hand experiences and evidence-based approaches to enable growth and healing in 2021 – here are just a few highlights:
• ALPSP President, Niamh O’Connor, suggests three priorities that will serve academic publishers well in the new year ahead: leveraging the importance of community; fighting inequality in all its forms; and promoting transparency, trust, and openness in all we do.
• Haseeb Irfanullah applies models of crisis management for climate and natural disasters to scholarly research and communications, presenting a ‘5C’ model for drawing on the types of capital available to ensure our individual and collective capacity for resilience.
• Lisa Cuevas Shaw uses organizational sensemaking to evaluate the underlying value statements expressed by publishers, funders, and other stakeholders during the initial Covid-19 outbreak in spring 2020.
• John Mallett of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology suggests that scientific publishing itself has provided resilience for the academic community throughout its 300-year legacy.
• Alison Mower of the University of Utah demonstrates the power of cooperative efforts by publishers, retailers, and librarians working together to overcome roadblocks to remote textbook access.
• Reflecting on their 2020 market research, Jeremy Brinton of Maverick Publishing Specialists presents recommendations for embracing the challenges and opportunities of 2021.
As I reflect in my editorial, our authors in this issue grapple with a metric of resiliency: our ability to learn and adapt to change, discovering new strengths and partnerships that may not have been previously possible. I hope you find something in this issue that offers you inspiration and encouragement to tackle the new year ahead.
Lettie Y. Conrad
North American Editor
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