Scholarly Associations and their Publishers

Over on The Chronicle, Jennifer Howard discusses the ongoing dispute between the Social Science History Association and Duke University Press which has published the association’s journal, Social Science History, since the 1980s.

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When the Social Science History Association informed Duke UP in 2012 that it wanted to terminate their publishing agreement, the Press refused. The association sued on the grounds of copyright infringement; meanwhile, Duke UP launched a dispute as the association filed to trademark its own name and the name of its journal.

broken glassThis contest brings to the fore some of the issues broached by Paula Kaufman’s post on the IPRH blog earlier this year, and Chris Prom’s comment about scholarly associations and the agreements that they strike for the publication of their journals. Such publishing agreements can be lucrative for small, non-profit academic associations that are seeking out alternative sources of income in the face of diminishing support from membership fees.

But at what cost?

The IPRH blog welcomes your thoughts and comments.

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One Response to Scholarly Associations and their Publishers

  1. sshreeves says:

    Kevin Smith, the Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke, has offered a very useful analysis of this case – in his analysis there are no clear winners in this dispute. See

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