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Simon Tanner
King’s College London
@SimonTanner
@AcBookFuture
#AcBookFuture
Investigating the REF 2014 as another means
of...
Project team:
 Samantha Rayner, Nick Canty & Rebecca Lyons (UCL),
 Simon Tanner & Marilyn Deegan (KCL)
 Michael Jubb as...
Starting Point
#AcBookFuture
To examine the roles and purposes of academic books to serve
scholarship and wider learning
T...
Investigating the
REF2014
#AcBookFuture
REF 2014 submissions provides a rich data set as a means of
learning more about th...
REF 2014: Proportion of Output Type by Subject Area Panel
Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
REF 2014: Comparing Modern Languages, English & History
Modern Languages
& Linguistics
English Language
& Literature
Histo...
REF 2014: Comparing Subjects with Varied Output Types
Communication, Cultural
& Media Studies,
Library &
Information
Manag...
REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 30: History
 1657 Books in the following output types
 Authored Books (1320),
 ...
REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29:
English Language and Literature
 2220 Books in the following output types
 A...
REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29:
English Language and Literature
A: Authored Books = 313 Publishers
 There are...
REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29:
English Language and Literature
B: Edited Books = 97 Publishers
 There are 8 ...
REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29:
English Language and Literature
R: Scholarly Editions = 51 Publishers
 There ...
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Investigating the REF 2014 as another means of understanding academic books - Focus on English and History.
The Centre for the Comparative History of Print (Centre CHoP) present the following event as part of the Sadler Series, Cultures of the Book. Date: 12-10-2015
Simon Tanner, from King's College London (@SimonTanner), is a Co-Investigator on the AHRC/British Library project, 'The Academic Book of the Future' and his paper uses REF 2014 data to consider the state of the academic monograph. Looking both at the proportion of books submitted across the subject panels and then in depth at English and History, Tanner reflects on the role the monograph plays in the economy of scholarly communication and discusses the challenges the monograph will face in the future.

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Investigating the REF 2014 as another means of understanding academic books

  1. 1. Simon Tanner King’s College London @SimonTanner @AcBookFuture #AcBookFuture Investigating the REF 2014 as another means of understanding academic books: Focus on English and History
  2. 2. Project team:  Samantha Rayner, Nick Canty & Rebecca Lyons (UCL),  Simon Tanner & Marilyn Deegan (KCL)  Michael Jubb as key consultant  Project Board Chair: Kathryn Sutherland, Oxford University Context of Project #AcBookFuture Project Board Core Management Group Stakeholders Partners Community Coalition AHRC/BL Steering Group
  3. 3. Starting Point #AcBookFuture To examine the roles and purposes of academic books to serve scholarship and wider learning To examine and analyse the dynamics of academic book production, curation, and use To investigate and assess the opportunities and challenges associated with technological developments ( v i a 2 p h a s e s o f a c t i v i t y ) https://academicbookfuture.wordpress.com/ “What do scholars want?” We all want our cultural record to be comprehensive, stable, and accessible. And we all want to be able to augment that record with our own contributions. Jerome McGann, Sustainability: the Elephant in the Room. Paper for the 2010 Conference, Digital Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come.
  4. 4. Investigating the REF2014 #AcBookFuture REF 2014 submissions provides a rich data set as a means of learning more about the academic books created and deemed worthy of submission in the last REF cycle (2009-2014). Focus = Main Panel D for Arts and Humanities. Within this Panel the data can be investigated by Unit of Assessment Subject Area and by Research Output Type. Likely outcomes: Allow an identification of who are the publishers of the book submissions Other possibilities:- author gender, book format/length etc, books per submitting institution, open access books Results may stimulate discourse Caveats abound...
  5. 5. REF 2014: Proportion of Output Type by Subject Area Panel Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
  6. 6. REF 2014: Comparing Modern Languages, English & History Modern Languages & Linguistics English Language & Literature History Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
  7. 7. REF 2014: Comparing Subjects with Varied Output Types Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management Music, Drama, Dance & Performing Arts Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015
  8. 8. REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 30: History  1657 Books in the following output types  Authored Books (1320),  Edited Books (290) and  Scholarly Editions (47)  295 unique Publishers found  Top 10 most used Publishers = 930 books or 56%  258 Publishers (87%) had 5 or fewer books submitted  171 Publishers (57%) had one book submitted – mostly non-UK  761 books submitted (46%) were from a University Press.  Outside the top 5 these were mostly non-UK publishers. Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015 Publishers with >10 books submitted 213 Oxford University Press 162 Cambridge University Press 143 Palgrave Macmillan 98 Manchester University Press 74 Ashgate 70 Routledge 52 Boydell & Brewer 51 Yale University Press 40 Brill Academic Publishers 27 Continuum International Publishing 27 Edinburgh University Press 21 I B Tauris 21 Pickering & Chatto 20 Harvard University Press 19 Bloomsbury Publishing 16 Penguin 14 Allen Lane 14 British Academy/Oxford University Press 14 Liverpool University Press 14 University of Wales Press 12 University of Chicago Press 11 Reaktion Books
  9. 9. REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29: English Language and Literature  2220 Books in the following output types  Authored Books (1684),  Edited Books (397) and  Scholarly Editions (139)  385 unique Publishers found Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015 29: English Language & literature: A: Authored Books Publishers The shape of the data is a Long Tail
  10. 10. REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29: English Language and Literature A: Authored Books = 313 Publishers  There are 23 Publishers with more than 10 books submitted  Top 10 most used Publishers = 835 books or ~49%  267 Publishers had 5 or fewer books submitted  178 Publishers had one book submitted  59 Publishers are a University Press. Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015 158 Palgrave Macmillan 130 Oxford University Press 124 Cambridge University Press 81 Edinburgh University Press 76 Routledge 64 Ashgate 60 Bloomsbury Publishing 56 Continuum 47 Manchester University Press 39 Faber & Faber 26 Liverpool University Press 25 Jonathan Cape 25 Picador 24 Salt Publishing 23 Carcanet Press 21 Penguin Books 18 Peter Lang 18 Seren 18 University of Wales Press 16 Wiley Blackwell 13 Shearsman Books 12 Bloodaxe Books 11 Pickering & Chatto
  11. 11. REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29: English Language and Literature B: Edited Books = 97 Publishers  There are 8 Publishers with 10 or more books submitted  Top 10 most used Publishers = 234 books or ~59%  81 Publishers listed had 5 or fewer books submitted  53 Publishers had one book submitted  22 Publishers are a University Press. Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015 49 Palgrave Macmillan 43 Cambridge University Press 39 Oxford University Press 23 Manchester University Press 21 Ashgate 19 Pickering & Chatto 14 Routledge 10 Continuum
  12. 12. REF 2014: Looking at Unit of Assessment 29: English Language and Literature R: Scholarly Editions = 51 Publishers  There are 3 Publishers with more than 10 books submitted  Top 10 most used Publishers = 83 books or ~63%  48 Publishers had 5 or fewer books submitted  33 Publishers had one book submitted  11 Publisher are a University Press. Initial draft data – subject to change © Simon Tanner, 2015 25 Oxford University Press 22 Pickering & Chatto 15 Cambridge University Press 4 Brepols 4 Broadview Press 3 Four Courts Press 3 Modern Humanities Research Association 3 Penguin Books
  13. 13. Academic Book Week: Nov 9-16th #AcBookFuture
  14. 14. Get in touch! @AcBookFuture The Academic Book of the Future https://academicbookfuture.wordpress.com/ s.rayner@ucl.ac.uk simon.tanner@kcl.ac.uk @SimonTanner #AcBookFuture

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