The former Researcher Blog is now known as Stockholm University Press Blog

When we first started this blog in 2011, we called this the ”Researcher Blog”. The goal was to create a meeting point between our researchers at Stockholm University and for them useful resources, news and tools in research.

As we have written a lot about Open Access, Creative Commons and scientific publishing and similar the next logical step henceforth is to continue here as Stockholm University Press.

Stockholm University Press – A publisher in the forefront

Our experience shows that there is still a need for knowledge of copyright and publication licenses for researchers. Therefore, we continue to contribute news and knowledge surrounding the areas that concern us in the digital scholarly publishing.

Our ambition is to be a publishing company in the forefront and we want to contribute to national and international discussions on Open Access, open data and copyright. Mainly in Sweden but also in other parts of the world. We are dedicated to make scientific research available and support our authors to increase the dissemination and use of their research.

Do you want to publish your research with Stockholm University Press? Need Peer Review? Everything starts with a Book Proposal.

Who works with Stockholm University Press Blog?

The Communications Department at Stockholm University Library is responsible for The Stockholm University Press Blog. Want to get in touch with us? You can reach us by email using redaktionen@sub.su.se.

What did the Brontës do about dialect and think about foreign languages?

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New book from Stockholm University Press:
From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today, edited by Philip Shaw, Britt Erman, Gunnel Melchers & Peter Sundkvist

Why is the Isle of Dogs in the Thames called Isle of Dogs? Did King Canute’s men bring English usage back to Jutland? How can we find out where English speakers suck their breath in to give a short response?

The answers can be found  in this collection of empirical work on English past and present.

From Clerks to Corpora is the second volume in Stockholm English Studies (SES), which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.

Editor Biographies

Philip Shaw is a professor in the English Department at Stockholm University. He has published within a wide range of areas including historical linguistics and, more recently, World Englishes, applied linguistics, particularly with a focus on academic and business English, and vocabulary learning among advanced students.

Britt Erman has retired from a post as associate professor in the English Department at Stockholm University. Her earlier research focused on pragmatics and communication. More recently she has published within the areas of cognitive linguistics and L2 acquisition.

Gunnel Melchers is Professor Emerita in the English Department at Stockholm University. Her research has been devoted to regional and social variation, with special reference to the north of England and Scotland’s Northern Isles.

Peter Sundkvist is an associate professor in the English Department at Stockholm University. His research interests concern phonology, phonetics, and dialectology, relating to varieties of English and Germanic languages more generally.

Where to access the book
At Stockholm University Press’ website you can download an epub-file, pdf-file and read the book online or can access your books on multiple devices. On the website you can also order a printed copy of the book.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press
Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.

Platonic Occasions – New book from Stockholm University Press

Platonic Occasions: Dialogues on Literature, Art and Culture, by Richard Begam and James Soderholm
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An experiment in criticism inspired by Platonic inquiry
What have we learned about the initiatives of culture and literature since our classical predecessors?

In Platonic Occasions: Dialogues on Literature, Art and Culture, Richard Begam and James Soderholm reflect upon a wide range of thinkers, writers and ideas from Plato, Descartes and Nietzsche to Shakespeare.

Begam and Soderholm’s ten dialogues function as a series of dual-meditations. The dialogues suggest that “We are all Greeks,” and yet questions what we have actually learned about the initiatives of culture and literature since our classical predecessors. Platonic Occasions is an experiment in criticism in a form of intellectual interplay where the authors invite the reader to imagine what the dialogic imagination can do when inspired by Platonic inquiry.
Platonic Occassions is the first volume in Stockholm English Studies (SES), which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.

Author Biographies
RICHARD BEGAM is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a Visiting Professor at Duke University, the University of Düsseldorf and Stockholm University.

JAMES SODERHOLM has taught literature and aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Baylor University, Charles University in Prague and The King’s School in Canterbury. He is currently Professor of Humanities at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury.

Where to access the book
At Stockholm University Press’ website you can download an epub-file, pdf-file and read the book online or can access your books on multiple devices. On the website you can also order a printed copy of the book.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press
Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.

By: Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press joins OAPEN!

By: Sofie Wennström

Stockholm University Press is delighted to sign an agreement with OAPEN for further dissemination worldwide of their books. The OAPEN Library indexes academic and quality assured open access books, and provides a platform for further spread of electronic sources beyond the publisher platform. The OAPEN Library ensure that the peer review process statement for each publisher member is made available directly on their website, which add further academic credibility to each entity ensuring that a transparent work process is in place. This is a natural step for Stockholm University Press in our aim to join the community of scholarly publishing.

It takes two to tango – the value of peer reviewer recognition

By: Sofie Wennström

In a recent blog post by the Scholarly Kitchen team, compelling arguments are made for institutions and funding agencies to start recognising the work done by academics that by tradition has been going on ”behind the scenes”. Now, how does this relate to the library structures? Well, Stockholm University Press is currently building systems and procedures to form an infrastructure for high quality peer-review of books and journals in an international network together with our publishing partner Ubiquity Press. This endeavour includes a number of challenges and opportunities, but the infrastructure and guidelines for peer review in its purest sense for books and book chapters might be one of the trickest knots to untie. We need to build these best practices together with active researchers while we are also making the argument for them to support us with their time and effort. One of the most important ambitions with the Stockholm University Press project was laid out already last year in a presentation at the Library Publishing Coalition Forum: http://jlsc-pub.org/lpc14/14/

The peer review practices for journals are already well known by most scholars (if not, they¹ll have to learn eventually), even if the processes may vary somewhat between different disciplines. The aim of Stockholm University Press is to use experiences and guidelines for peer review developed for journals and turn them into something useable and workable for monographs and book chapters as well. We believe this will contribute to the scholarly community by creating incentives for a further focus on the rigour of the peer review as well as further developments in how the work is valued. Some of our efforts will be put into the infrastructure of the process, to ensure that the activities can be recorded and measured, but the other part is to collaborate closely with the scientific community in the creation of best practices and learning about these. If we can show the data built into these processes, we hope that the evaluation committees and governing boards of institutions and funding agencies will start to see the usefulness of it and then build in rewards for scholars in the future to complete the ecosystem. As always, it is hard to be a pioneer, and there will be a lot of work before we can see the result, but we are firm believers still.

Links for further reading:

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/sep/27/peer-review-10-tips-research-paper

http://publicationethics.org/files/Peer%20review%20guidelines.pdf

Marketing and the digital era

Digital publishing combined with Open Access publishing turn old marketing strategies on its head. Warren Adler puts the traditional book launch in the context of digital publishing: http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/11/warren-adler-book-launch-aftermath/

Stockholm University Press is currently in production of the first electronic publications (watch this space!) and we are working closely together with our authors and editorial boards to form a strategy for promoting the digital output and the Open Access model we plan to use.

By: Sofie Wennström 

Stockholm University Press på Bokmässan

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Under rubriken ”Biblioteket publicerar!” presenterade Anders Söderbäck Stockholm University Press på fredagen den 26 september i Svensk biblioteksförenings monter.

I det stora vimlet av utställare och besökare på mässan förde Anders Söderbäck fram vikten av open access publicering för de biblioteksentusiaster som lyssnade. Stockholm University Press ska likt de stora internationella universitetsförlagen, som Oxford University Press, ge ut kvalitetsgranskade monografier, antologier och tidskrifter som är Open Access med elektroniska och fritt tillgängliga titlar och möjlighet till print on demand. Det här är något helt nytt i Sverige och som nu hela boksverige fick ta del av.

Frågor från publiken ställdes bland annat om varför förlaget finns på universitetsbiblioteket. Det går helt i linje med Stockholm universitets rektorsbeslut om förlagsverksamhet och open access publicering som ska sprida forskningsresultat i olika elektroniska format nationellt och internationellt. Stockholms universitetsbiblioteket har den administration som krävs för detta.

Anders Söderbäck höll även i presentationen ”Digitalisering mot lagen”. Du kan läsa KB:s twitter-rapportering från den här.

Av: Christina Lenz