A new and important study has just been published on the eScholarship (University of California) website: Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines by Diane Harley et al.
“Since 2005, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been conducting research to understand the needs and practices of faculty for in-progress scholarly communication (i.e., forms of communication employed as research is being executed) as well as archival publication. The complete results of our work can be found at the Future of Scholarly Communication’sproject website. This report brings together the responses of 160 interviewees across 45, mostly elite, research institutions to closely examine scholarly needs and values in seven selected academic fields: archaeology, astrophysics, biology, economics, history, music, and political science. The report is divided into eight chapters and can be read in its entirety online (733 pages) or can be downloaded in a PDF file, as can any individual chapter.
Chapter 1: Overview, Findings, and Conclusions
Chapter 2: Archaeology Case Study
Chapter 3: Astrophysics Case Study
Chapter 4: Biology Case Study
Chapter 5: Economics Case Study
Chapter 6: History Case Study
Chapter 7: Music Case Study
Chapter 8: Political Science Case Study