Libraries, Publishers, and a Plea for Shotgun Weddings

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Dave Cutler for The Chronicle Review

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Dave Cutler for The Chronicle Review

Academic publishers depend on libraries. Academic libraries are on the ropes. Academic libraries depend on academic publishers. Academic publishing is dying.

A story by way of explanation:

Several months ago, an editor of a major journal in my little field of history asked me to review a collection of essays.

At first glance, the work appeared promising. The publisher's Web site pledges research based on "recently opened archives," "surprising" revelations, and a