Palgrave Pivot Launches New Open Source Publishing Project With 21 Titles

[Press Release]


London, New York, 30th October, 2012 – A new initiative from Palgrave Macmillan is breaking down the boundaries of publishing research.

Palgrave Pivot publishes peer-reviewed research at lengths between the journal article and the monograph.  This e-first initiative liberates scholarship from the straightjacket of traditional formats, allowing works to be published in the format and length best suited to the research itself, within 12 weeks of manuscript acceptance.

Palgrave Pivot was developed following a year-long research project, which asked over 1,000 scholars about the challenges faced when publishing research. The findings showed that the scholarly community had a real need for an alternative publishing format, and this has been echoed in numerous endorsements for Palgrave Pivot since it was first announced in December 2011.  “This is a bold innovation. Whereas publishing these days is too often belatedly reactive rather than proactive, Palgrave Macmillan has created an exciting new form to occupy the middle ground between a journal article and a monograph that will have significant impact on future work in the Humanities and Social Sciences”, notes Eric Rasmussen, Chair of the Department of English, University of Nevada, USA.

Palgrave Pivot is committed to publishing quickly, offering scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) greater opportunities to move forward rapidly and have greater impact.  As HSS scholars are only too aware, it can take years for research in these fields to achieve final publication.  Palgrave Pivot authors can expect their work to be available within 12 weeks of manuscript acceptance, enabling scholars to respond immediately to topical debates and issues.  Neil Chakraborti, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Leicester, UK concurs that Palgrave Pivot publications provide “an ideal format for scholars seeking to disseminate their research while it is still fresh and current”.

One example of the topical relevance of Palgrave Pivot publications is a new work by Kath Woodward, Professor of Sociology and Head of Department in the Sociology Department, Open University, UK.  Sporting Times is one of the first scholarly publications published on the London 2012 Olympics.

Speaking about the initiative, Sam Burridge, Executive Director, Palgrave Macmillan comments “Palgrave Macmillan is committed to user-focused innovation across all its publishing areas and we want to work closely with our community to develop the tools and services it needs. Palgrave Pivot is just one example of several new initiatives that we are committed to delivering to the scholarly community over the coming year.”

About Palgrave Pivot

The initiative, first announced to market in December 2011, becomes a reality on 30th October 2012 when Palgrave Pivot launches with 21 new titles.

Palgrave Pivot publications will be available as ebooks for libraries, including via Palgrave Connect, individual ebooks for personal use, and as digitally-produced print editions. Publications that will be available at launch include:

o   Reflections on Global and Transnational History, written by renowned historian Akira Iriye.
o   Media, Myth and Society by Asa Berger
o   The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China, Socialist Medicine and the New Man by Christos Lynteris.
o   Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 by Steve Fuller. Fuller was described by Metascience as “the closest thing to a Foucault writing today in the English language”.
o   Being a Muslim in the World by Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.
o   Fukushima by David Elliott, one of the first scholarly responses to the Japanese nuclear disaster last year.

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