The Politics of Academic Publishing, 1950-2016

The Politics of Academic Publishing 1950 – 2016

A one-day interdisciplinary workshop

The Royal Society, 22 April 2016, 9am-5pm

What are the politics behind scholarly publishing? How do gender, race and international relations affect publishing? How have things changed over the past sixty years? An interdisciplinary group of scholars and thinkers will consider the recent past and the contemporary reality of academic publishing. We will be discussing peer review and the evaluation of quality in scholarly publishing, where publication fits in structures of academic recognition and reward, and the business of publishing. Focusing on the twentieth and twenty-first century the workshop will be a space to discuss and share knowledge about the recent history of academic publishing.

Confirmed speakers: Sue Clegg, Kelly Coate, Stefan Collini, Caroline Davis, Jack Meadows, Jennifer Saul, Anthony Watkinson and James Wilsdon.

Three discussion sessions will focus on The Business of Scholarly Publishing; Publication and the Structures of Academic Recognition and Reward; and Peer Review.

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited so booking is required. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Camilla Mørk Røstvik at:

The workshop is organized by the ‘Publishing the Philosophical Transactions’ project at the University of St Andrews. Conveners: Aileen Fyfe, Noah Moxham and Camilla Mørk Røstvik. The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. For further information see: