Against the Grain v34#5
Director of Strategic Innovation and Services
Duke University Press
905 W Main St., Brightleaf 18B
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 687-3683
Born and lived: Born on Fort Meade, MD, raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Lived in North Carolina for 27 years.
Early life: I was raised in Huntsville, Alabama, which is best known for Space Camp, the Space and Rocket Center, and large U.S. Army and NASA installations. There were so many transplants from around the country and the world that I never developed a southern accent. The one I have now I actually acquired from living in North Carolina for the past 25 years. I grew into a passionate devotee of the letters and arts, perhaps a bit in reaction to the hard core engineering culture that surrounded me. I attended and graduated from the University of Alabama, fulfilling the fondest hopes and dreams of my UA alum parents. I came out of the womb yelling Roll Tide, and I made good on my fandom by getting my bachelor’s degree at Alabama.
Professional career and activities: After obtaining my masters degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I went to work for a publishing services company in Durham, doing page composition for publishers like Algonquin Press, Oxford University Press, and Duke University Press. The skills I gained with graphics packages and an innately organized nature led me into doing project management work for an early custom web development company. After working in software for several years, I very much wished to be elbow deep in publishing and production again. I was fortunate to find a home in Duke University Press’s journals production department, from where I advanced and broadened my responsibilities so that I now am a member of the press’s senior leadership with oversight of our technology operations, strategic planning, and innovation. I’ve been nurtured in my career by deep engagement with the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Association of University Presses. I present regularly at both organizations’ annual meetings, and I have served on several committees over the years. Currently, I am serving the final year of a three-year appointment on the AUPresses board.
Family: My husband and I are proud, serial dog adopters. We’ve adopted four dogs from local rescues over the years, and currently have two wild, hilarious, adorable mutts. We enjoy visiting our extended families in Alabama and West Virginia and, when we have the chance, introducing them to the beauty of North Carolina’s piedmont, mountains, and beaches.
In my spare time: All things food and travel.
Favorite books: To keep this list manageable, I’ll focus on some recent favorites. Lauren Groff’s Matrix. Honoree Fanone Jeffers’s The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, Neal Stephenson’s Termination Shock.
Pet peeves: Storylines that depend on silly misunderstandings or miscommunications between characters.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: It feels like the pandemic has changed the course of so many things, and in our industry, the impacts won’t be understood for quite a while. I think higher education will be smaller and more consolidated, and that will also mean smaller budgets and fewer tenured and tenure-track researchers and scholars. That will have transformative effects on how knowledge is produced and validated and how libraries serve their institutions. The business models within scholarly publishing will, I hope, be even more diverse than they are now, because there is no single model that will support all disciplines and all modes. I think all that I can predict safely is that none of this will be any easier. New business models, evolving standards, and emerging technologies facilitate incredible advances in the sharing of knowledge and the exchange of information, but each advance comes with significant labor burden and increasing complexity.
President & Editor-in-Chief
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
Phone: (510) 407-2769
Born and lived: Scotland, Ireland, England, USA.
Early life: Scotland.
Professional career and activities: Immunology researcher; journal editor; magazine editor; publisher.
Family: Wife; two children; two grandchildren.
In my spare time: Running; hiking; family activities; Celtic FC
Favorite books: Right now, The Ministry of the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson. Books that began a devotion to particular authors are The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. The writing style I most admire is Isaiah Berlin’s, for his elegant packaging of complex ideas. And the things I most often re-read (to laugh out loud) are the Myles na Gopaleen columns and Flann O’Brien books by Brian O’Nolan, and the short stories of Irvine Welsh.
Pet peeves: Remakes of classic movies — do something new, for goodness sake.
Philosophy: Hopeful, though falling short of outright optimism.
Most memorable career achievement: Involvement in publication of the human genome sequencing papers in Nature, 2001.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: Workwise, to help establish S2O as a widely-used OA option. And to establish Annual Reviews as a bridge between research knowledge and its use by government, business and civil society. Personally, to still be running.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Let me say where I think we should be, in fact where we need to be, in five years: fully open science. The immediate sharing of research knowledge is crucial for understanding and developing policies to address an emergency, and climate change is the biggest colletion of emergencies imaginable. But how do we align researchers, funders, librarians, publishers, governments and popularisers, given their many points of disagreement and the historically slow pace of change in our area? A consenus on the need for open science is required, and we may already be close to achieving this. Then we need to act on it — quickly, but thoughtfully. Perhaps a commission could be set up to bring forward proposals, timetables, and funding suggestions. If it started immediately, I am confident that the transformation could be acheived in five years. I am not so confident that it will be.
COMPANY PROFILES ENCOURAGED
1875 S Grant St., Suite 700
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
Phone: (650) 493-4400
Officers: Richard Gallagher, President; Jonathan Michael, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary.
Key products and services: Annual Reviews journal series; Knowable Magazine and Knowable en espanol; The Charleston Advisor
Core markets/clientele: Researchers, teachers, students; science-interested public; the library community
Number of employees: 100
Number of journals published annually (print, electronic, open access, etc.): 51 Annual Reviews
Other publications: Knowable Magazine (in English and Spanish); The Charleston Advisor.
Total number of journals currently published: 51
History and brief description of your company/publishing program: Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society.
All 51 of the journals that we publish are review journals. No other science publisher specializes in this way. They are run for researchers, by researchers and have been since the organization was started in 1930 by a group of biochemists who wanted the research literature sifted, reviewed and synthesized.
We also publish an award-winning general science magazine (Knowable Magazine) in English and Spanish. Its content is free to read and republish and appears in major media outlets world-wide, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and BBC Future. This provides readers with scientifically valid and digestible information via their preferred media outlet.
In 2022, we purchased The Charleston Advisor.
Our finances are transparent and our products priced to cover costs, not to profit shareholders and investors.
We are a small, organization with 100 members of staff and a turnover of around $20 million.
Duke University Press
905 W Main St, Ste 18-B
Durham, NC 27701
Affiliated companies: Duke University, Scholarly Publishing Collective, Project Euclid.
Officers: Dean Smith, Director.
Association memberships, etc.: Association of University Presses.
Key products and services: Print and electronic books and journals, book and journal collections for libraries, print fulfillment and electronic hosting on behalf of partner publishers via the Scholarly Publishing Collective
Core markets/clientele: Academic and public libraries, scholars/academics, and general readers.
Number of employees: ~110
Number of books published annually (print, electronic, open access, etc.): 150 books, print and electronic.
Number of journals published annually (print, electronic, open access, etc.): Over 60.
Total number of books on your backlist (print, electronic, etc.): Approx. 3000.
Total number of journals currently published: 62
History and brief description of your company/publishing program: Founded in 1921 as Trinity College Press, we became Duke University Press in 1926, shortly after Trinity College became Duke University. The Press’s publishing program grew rapidly in the 1990s and became particularly known for expanding interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and pioneering new fields of inquiry and debate. Today, we continue to seek out new scholarly voices in emerging fields and use our digital platform to support our mission to expand the reach and readership of this important scholarship.
Is there anything else that you think would be of interest to our readers? Our Library Relations team is excited to see our colleagues in person at the Charleston Library Conference this fall.