Even though it was written in 2008 for the Plenary Lecture to the Association of American University Presses, this article by Andrew Abbott (University of Chicago professor in sociology) is as relevant now as it was three years ago. He talks about the crisis in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the academic publishing crisis. One of the many great lines that hit home for me (as I continue to add to my 700+ item bibliography and wonder how many of them I can retain knowledge of in my poor, beleaguered mind) is Professor Abbott’s observation that…

“there has been over the last fifty years a substantial decline in the seriousness with which scholars are reading each other’s work.”

Maybe it’s really time, in 2011, to start reading seriously, reviewing efficiently, and working to make the academic publishing process better.

Mary

– Team Scholastica