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Analysing the Global Ranking of Publishers

The book industry has completely reoriented itself within just a few years when it comes to handing "professional information" (which includes STM, science, journals, and a lot of other pragmatically useful content). In this article publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart analysis the latest ranking, focusing on how the changing dynamics between the professional/science, education and trade sectors have have affected this year's ranking.
   
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STM Publishers Face Some Old, Some New Challenges, Especially the Bugaboo of "Free"

This article by Richard Lampert is a 30-year veteran of the STM publishing industry, CEO of The Lampert Consultancy, looks at some existing and new challenges facing the STM publishing industry. According to the article, the STM publishing industry faces unique challenges. To begin with, authors are scientists, engineers, and doctors rather than writers. They are largely indifferent to the niceties of language, not to mention production procedures or deadlines.
   
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Scientific publishing is no longer just about printing journals

This article by Juliet Walker, assistant web editor, bmj.com, discusses a recent talk given by Timo Hannay at University College London. Scientific publishing is no longer just about printing journals but increasingly includes online publishing, broadcasting, and creating online communities. As the amount of content online grows publishers will become more, not less important, as they will navigate users towards important information. It is clear to me that publishing will be about more than just producing journals. That will not necessarily be a bad thing.
   
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A threat to scientific communication

This article by Zoë Corbyn looks at elite scientific journals' huge influence and control over just about every facet of scientists' lives - grant funding to the peer review, publication, reproduction and public dissemination of research results. But have these gatekeepers for what counts as acceptable science become too powerful? Is the system of reward that has developed around them the best for science - and what does the future hold?....
   
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Social Media - to manage your online reputation

For some business owners, managing online reputation necessitates a whole new skill set. This includes monitoring online conversation and engaging with customers and the tech-savvy to promote your business in the best channels. These skills are becoming more and more essential for mainstream businesses. According to a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, 84 percent of Americans say online reviews influence their purchasing decisions. Organisation's today are constantly looking for ways to benefit from social media sites and buzz they create. This article, recently published in the New York Times, looks at how essential social media has become for businesses to survive. One can start a business and do everything right, but being unaware of social media can put a bullet in it.
   
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