Scholarly Communication: The Report of the National Enquiry

Societies, Professor American Council of Learned

n late 1973 several directors of university presses met with officials of the National Endowment for the Humanities to discuss what they felt to be the increasingly serious problems with which scholarly publishers were faced. As a result , the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) was asked to sponsor a conference on the publication and dissemination of scholarship in the United States in order to determine the possible value of conducting a thorough study of the subject. The Council readily agreed to do so, and the Endowment provided funds to bring together some thirty-five scholars , publishers , editors of learned journals, officers of learned societies, directors of research libraries, and foundation and government officials in June 1974. Following this, and a second conference held in the fall, a committee was appointed to prepare a detailed proposal for an enquiry into the creation and dissemination of scholarly knowledge, with special concern for the humanities and humanistic social sciences

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