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I'm delighted to hand over the reins of The Journal of Electronic Publishing to Maria Bonn (Editor) and Jonathan McGlone (Managing Editor). We at Michigan Publishing are excited to see the journal continue to feature new scholarship and create new opportunities for exploring and improving professional practice in the years to come.
I also wish to recognize and thank Shana Kimball for her years of service to JEP, first as managing editor and then as editor. For several years, Shana championed the journal locally while serving as Michigan Publishing's liaison to JEP's longtime founding editor, Judith Axler Turner, overseeing review and copy-editing, and shepherding many issues through the publication process.
As editor (2010-2013), Shana established a tradition of themed issues, calling upon university press directors, poets, standards wonks, and others to speak to the impact of electronic publishing on their respective areas of expertise. We're delighted that Shana has agreed to remain a member of the JEP editorial board, and look forward to her continued creative thinking about the future of publishing.
JEP Managing Editor 2010-2013
Journals Coordinator, Michigan Publishing
In This Issue
In the Spring of 2007 Charles Henry published in JEP what was then a vision for the re-birth of the Rice University Press, backed by an experimental new business model for academic publishing that would produce publications at a low-cost. Not long after, the experiment ended and RUP closed its doors. In this issue, Fred Moody shares thoughtful reflections on running the re-launched Rice University Press under this new model. Along the way, Moody illuminates many realities of publishing in today's academic environment.
Continuing the theme of experiments in academic publishing, in 2009 the Amsterdam University Press made 400 of their books freely available through an institutional repository and Google Book Search. Ronald Snijder provides an analysis of the data gathered in this experiment, comparing usage data for the books when they were not open access to when they were open access, and makes interesting connections regarding the impact of access to readers in developing countries.
Finally, Timothy Laquintano provides a framework for understanding the debates on new economic models introduced by digital publishing. Using anecdotes, industry memoirs, advice manuals for authors and authors' societies publications, court-case files, and popular press articles, Laquintano provides an in-depth examination of the history of vanity publishing and characteristics of the term in the past and how it is being used in contemporary discussions, especially in regards to "non-traditional" book publishing carried out in a digital environment today.