In a recent campus visit I named it among four presses that are interested in my work (the others were all university presses) and was warned – by a department chair where I was interviewing – that LCP is considered undependable because only some of their books go through peer review or editing, and the press is not transparent about which ones those are (or aren’t). I’ve been following this thread because I just signed a contract with Palgrave, and took a while to make that decision, reading this and a number of other online pieces as I did so. Senior colleagues have made clear: I will not be allowed to go up for full review until I publish another book in a top university press. That’s not counting junior and community colleges. 50 years ago these were actually no issues. This paper. It’s worth mentioning the differences in the UK system, since a previous comment raises it. The quality of the work was foremost. The longer we allow views like this to perpetuate, the longer we strangle scholarship in sets of arcane and ill-evidenced assertions. I actually wanted to publish it in a “lower” trade publishing house like Verso or Penguin. Overview Overview. Consider what I call The Book Room Test: at the annual conference of your discipline, what are the publisher’s booths you do not miss going to? We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Again, I know that there are people who think that anything other than a top press is beneath their notice, and I know that many of these people are gatekeepers to the top of the profession — but I expect my book to be read and appreciated by the colleagues I have worked with on essay collections, journals, and at conferences, many of whom have also published with trade academic presses and whose work I read and learn from. By my reading, the oldest of the books is far-and-away the most insightful of the five books. The academic wiki has lots of accounts of things being rejected by Palgrave. You move really fast above from arguing that a trade academic book is perfectly good for certain institutions and careers to implying that only you and your mum will be impressed by anything except a book with a major UP. Reply from Palgrave Macmillan. My guess is that most junior scholars at R1 institutions already know what kind of book they need to publish in order to get tenure, and I sense from several of the comments a different but related question going on in this thread: if I am an advanced grad student, a serial postdoc, an adjunct of a few years standing, etc., will pursuing book publication with a top press get me a tenure-track job? In the meantime, a series editor for one of the trade academic presses mentioned above, is aware of my next research project and has asked if I would consider doing a book for the series. Thankyou so much for your insights – I have found them to be very useful (not to mention all the discussion your site generates). You must know your field context. You're told to stick to the party line. I was approached by Palgrave to put together a “Handbook”, and I declined when they told me that the organized volume (which is what this was intended to be) would result in my getting “one copy” of the book. A: maybe, but don’t count on it, as you say — from questions of the value of a monograph in the abstract. My experience with Ashgate and Routledge is that Ashgate had more rigorous peer-review process than Routledge. Scholars in my field have read the book and praised it. Trade publishing requires extensive editing, clarity, style, and grace. The answer is also “don’t count on it” — not only because, as innumerable articles attest, no matter how starry your CV it is very very likely that you will not get a tenure-track job in today’s academic climate, but also because it might even damage your chances. Ie, “as long as my ideas are OUT there, that’s all that matters! Second, it’s simply not true that Palgrave accept everything they get and publish it in undigested form. Crises damage the reputa-tion and such changes can affect how stakeholders interact with the organiza- Third, I think it’s important to separate the practical question — will an academic trade press get me a job or tenure at an R1? Three years later, there were still no scholarly reviews published anywhere in the world. Hi Karen, thank you for the great post. Many thanks for your comments. Reputation of the Palgrave is being damaged. Instead, my point was that we (by whom I mean faculty involved in appointments and tenure systems) are sometimes actually in a position to mitigate some of the worst excesses of publisher snobbery. This has practical implications whcih are also self-perpetuating: precisely because ‘everyone’ wants to publish with the ‘top’ presses, they are often overwhelmed and operate in inefficient ways. The definition of brand and branding; 2. A debate has simmered on the comment thread to my post, Does the Status of the Press Matter, in recent weeks, on the question: is Palgrave MacMillan a press with high enough status for a US R1 tenure case? http://www.illc.uva.nl/evaluating-humanities/RankingPublishers%28Preprint_2014%29.pdf, Perceptions are highly subjective, though, and anecdotal information is important. #Dispatches: How Did the Coup Attempt Impact Your Academic Work? Learn how your comment data is processed. As the leading international journal for scholars and academics, students and business professionals interested in learning about the ‘reputation’ construct and its application to real world institution, Corporate Reputation Review connects research and practice in reputation management. Palgrave Macmillan University rankings have gained popularity around the world, and are now a significant factor shaping reputation. P r i c e £55.00. Palgrave Macmillan. But it’s also not beyond the capacity of senior scholars to lessen the worst excesses when they are in a position to do so. Branding tourist destinations; 4. with more than 175 years’ experience in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In other words, one needs to sort out (I certainly did) whether you’re really thinking about your career or whether you’re fussing with your mean academic superego. They will be be more recognized and rewarded–or, recognized and rewarded in particular ways– if out with Press A rather than with Press B… Is academia cliquey? Practically nobody reads what R1s produce. I am about to make a proposal in the next couple of months and start writing mss in Autumn. The six dimensions of national reputation. As for Palgrave Macmillan, in my field they’re not the same as a university press (or, I should say, a top university press). Palgrave never sent the books out for review, and the result was that the book did not carry any weight in my review for promotion to full professor. Is it virtuosity of interpretation? In my experience Brill both publishes and is understood to publish heavyweight monographs, whereas something like Oxford University Press publishes everything from top-end research monographs, to textbooks, to more popular books they hope will sell well. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Well of course you’re right, Karen. Thanks Karen — There seems a tendency to pontificate here and assume that a particular press means quality. This is not scholarship seen from an institutional and structural, even cultural, angle. Stella Cottrell has helped hundreds of thousands of students to make learning easier, faster and more enjoyable. The journal explores relationships between corporate reputation and strategic … Note: Citations are based on reference standards. My agenda in the post, as in all my writing and client work at The Professor Is In, is that every job-seeker understand EXACTLY what the benefits/risks are to any particular decision, and not proceed in ignorance or a starry-eyed idealism. From what I hear Berghahn is very quick comparative to other presses; response to a book proposal comes within a month, reviewers’ feedback on a manuscript in 4-5 months, and once finalised, the book takes up to 10-12 months to get published. gender or racial biases in hiring and tenure for example). Palgrave Macmillan publishes journals, monographs and reference books in print and online. Oftentimes candidates without stellar PhDs or stellar publication records, but who have other qualities that are much more highly valued: significant experience teaching the kinds of students who attend the college, or experience teaching community college, or teaching prisoners; educational experience that compares to that of our own students —i.e., a non-elite background. Editorial Intern at Palgrave Macmillan is presently Milana's occupation. http://www.anthropologymatters.com/index.php/anth_matters/article/view/81/158, An interesting take on this question, Danny Miller claims that REF essentially sidesteps the issue of press reputation, plus advice on how to deal with commercial presses. In other words, a monograph out with Palgrave MacMillan or another reputable and well known non-university press of that ilk was not an absolute torpedo to a tenure case in the humanities and social sciences at an R1, but it was a definite weaker link. what is your field and subfield? and where your work would fit in. Book. As a result, as one commenter below says, these presses  “seemingly publish anything that is sent their way….” and “show signs of poorly digested junior rank scholarship–as if they don’t really have to worry about trying to sell the books and so don’t demand quality.”. R1 institutions — the kind that often require a top UP book for tenure — account for about 10% of four-year colleges in the US. Not only do certain presses carry more prestige than others (and might therefore be viewed differently by search or tenure and promotion committees), but not […], […] at the University of Oregon and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign declared in her blog post that Routledge “seemingly publish anything that is sent their way–then charge exorbitant […], […] you will make a “long list,” which will contain all the university presses (see Karen Kelsky’s post on why press prestige still matters) that might possibly be interested in your project. In history, Routledge and Palgrave are among the most cited presses, but comparatively low in citations per book, supporting the notion that they’re big but not necessarily high quality among “people in the know”. (I actually have no idea how many senior people read my blog. The publishing market is more limited there and perhaps a hierarchy, of sorts, is more easily discernible. I don’t know that they’re healthy views though. The second edition of this leading guide helps students to develop reflective thinking skills, improve their critical analysis and construct arguments more effectively. were somehow third rate. But that’s much more difficult. What about using a trade academic press for a second book? And then–the field may play a role: Brill, for example, is a strong press in some humanities fields (art history springs to mind), but not others. My “real” job as a policy analyst satisfies me more financially, personally, and professionally than anything academia could offer. Year Title; 2019: Ghanas new national income data series: follow-up to M Huq and M Tribes - The economy of Ghana: 50 years of economic development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). This is surely the reason why the two ‘top’ presses in the UK are identical with the two oldest universities – there’s a (un)healthy dose of good old-fashioned class politics at work here, I fear. It’s begging. Scholars do tend to “value and defend where they’ve published”, but many also seek to denigrate and attack where others have published, often for less than edifying reasons. Ultimately I decided on Palgrave for a number of reasons, though I do get that they are not as prestigious as the other potential option would have been. The top presses will subject every manuscript to a lengthy and exhaustive peer review process and will not bend on its outcomes—if the reviewers say that X and Y are invalid scholarly claims, they will not publish the book until X and Y are rectified. Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic publisher for scholarship, research and professional learning. If you observe that some famous senior people in your field are publishing with these presses, do NOT assume that this guarantees they are safe for you, just starting your career. Ivory Towers in The Rearview Mirror: Kate Krueger. They are interested in publishing my second book in the area of IR/political science, but I do not know that much about them. READ PAPER. Keep in mind, too, that there are a few venerable old commercial presses that are deeply respected by … And in my case it means that, with some luck, the book would be in advanced stages once I near the end of my 2 year postdoc (to start this autumn). I also think, though — and, again, I struggle with this myself — that the hyperbole that conflates “worth less” and “worthless” is unhelpful. The private presses can likewise be ranked: Ashgate is among the best, if only because they publish a lot in early modern history/Renaissance studies. I am in the field of English Literature / American Studies. One of your email respondents above says that in her field there are only five ‘top’ university presses, with a sixth leaving the field. So the status of the press must be evaluated for every tenure candidate’s individual case: what is your institution? This book focuses upon how enhanced reputation can contribute to commercial asset management through increased share price premium and competitive performance, while reputation loss can significantly erode the ability of the business to successfully retain market share, maximise shareholder value, raise finance, manage debt and remain independent. The process is shorter and easier. How does U of Toronto P match up to some of the better academic publishers in the United States, in your opinion? I am just starting the TT this year; I had a postdoc the past two years. In 2016, I belatedly sent out 10 copies of the book at my cost to 10 journals. An advantage of the UK’s governmental assessments of research is that someone on the relevant panel will ultimately sit down and read every submitted publication to decide on its merits. Reputation Economics Why Who You Know Is Worth More Than What You Have Joshua Klein. Reputation is a commercially valuable asset. They tend not to comment a lot). My experience is that musicians handle the material the easily, but I am not searching for a job in music. Cons. Also, some of the monographs by major university presses can be very poor or unoriginal, while some books by other presses can be far better. The smaller presses and the commercial ones are there to make money sure, but they also disseminate scholarship – thei raison d’etre of our careers. There is no free lunch here. At conferences, I visit the booths for these publishers as eagerly as I do OUP or Harvard or Penn (which publishes great work in religion), and before visiting many other UPs (Stanford, Chicago). A collection of books, journal articles and magazine content that amplifies Black voices and the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. Which are the top five presses in Media and film studies? H/bk 251pp. Corporate Reputation ReviewVol. Of course! Karen Kelsky, the “professor is in” advice columnist, has approached this topic several times. Among faculty who have spent their entire careers at R1 institutions there is often a reflexive assumption that what is good for an R1 is — with a bit of tweaking to the CV or application letter — good for other kinds of institution — so, for instance, my own graduate institution tends only to bring back recent graduates who have scored jobs at Ivy League schools and similar to advise current job seekers — as if their perspective, by virtue of being the “best” — will do for everyone. I was wondering whether you would care to offer any comments regarding academic publishing in Canada, again with a humanities focus. Routledge seems to be regarded highly by philosophers, above Princeton and Yale: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/w8/~andru/cgi-perl/civs/results.pl?id=E_e8e7901396c1cb8a. It’s a sad state of affairs, but the private publishers, esp. And the fact that there is absolutely no consensus as to which presses are supposedly second rate, just goes to show the incoherence of the whole thing. Other folks equate Palgrave and Routledge. Alara IŞIKCI. So, evidently I have an axe to grind here, but I think there is a sound point here behind the grinding. Not one. OVERWORKED and UNDERPAID. And what are the ones that if you don’t have time to go to their booth, you can maybe just grab a catalogue and (perhaps) look at it later….? There are other presses that publish in my field, U Toronto, Duke, Penn State, Penn, California, Stanford, for example, but they’re not as good in my view. Palgrave Macmillan prides itself on the quality of the research we publish, and we would not have been able to maintain our reputation for quality work without rigorous peer review. Part of Springer Nature. It’s humiliating and barbaric. R1 and Ivy folks are not the only smart people in academia. I know several people who have calculated that it’s more time-efficient to publish with a commercial or smaller university press, than to waste time being given the run-around by one of the big boys and to endure more years without a book on the CV. Milana calls Brooklyn, NY, home. The same professors tended to think the same kind of thing about *any* kind of work that wasn’t publishing scholarship with top presses and journals — K12 teaching, working in publishing, writing novels or poetry, adjuncting, writing for nonacademic publications like the TLS or the LARB or for the web — all of this kind of thing was “sloppy seconds” too — which I think is a big problem with some parts of R1 culture. The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) “Globalization During the Cold War” (featured article entry) in Ruud van Dyck, Jeremi Suri, et al., eds., Encyclopedia of the Cold War, Routledge/MTM, 2008) I wonder why? How brands help to build trust and respect. But Routledge limited the number of images in the book to 25, and Ashgate did not set a limit as I had over 60 images. I have not been on tenure committees but have sat on search committees at an R1, and in my fields (religious studies and early modern history) Palgrave, Ashgate, and Routledge have all been considered on a par with the university presses. And I think that more of us should, rather than hide behind a ‘system’ which we, in fact, help to perpetuate. Nobody can produce a definitive ranking of academic presses that can account for every single field and subfield and institutional bias. Do your research- know which presses publish in your field (the status of the press matters!) The other thing that annoys me about this issue is the blithe acceptance of the worst kind of snobbery that it involves. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time. Lack of transparency about pay, and you're kept in the dark about high level strategy - even things like basic publishing strategy. I don’t say that all 90% of non-R1 institutions in the US hire on similar principles, but let’s say a significant chunk do. Download PDF. In other words, a monograph out with Palgrave MacMillan or another reputable and well known non-university press of that ilk was not an absolute torpedo to a tenure case in the humanities and social sciences at an R1, but it was a definite weaker link. Palgrave Macmillan publishes journals, monographs and reference books in print and online. I’m publishing with Palgrave my dissertation (political theory) for the fun of it. STEVEN N. DURLAUF, Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA Palgrave Macmillan’s longstanding reputation as one of the most influential publishers in economics was established with works such as R.H.Inglis Palgrave’s Dictionary of Political Economy (1894-9) and the complete works of John Maynard Keynes, including The General Theory of … Your final lines are the most important ones as far as this blog goes, because this blog IS ALWAYS meant to first serve, inform, and protect the most junior, and the most vulnerable (and I”m actually going to take the liberty of editing your comment to make them more visible). Summing up that “Putting a book out with an obscure press is not much different than […], […] Karen Kelsky’s post on why press prestige still matters. What if you are offered an advance contract from a solid private publisher on the strength of a proposal, but you also have a very positive response from a solid university press who on the strength of the proposal is expressing a desire to work with you and see the full MS (but no advance contract offer)? Aggregate data might be helpful to job seekers but for junior scholars on the tenure track, my advice would be to look at what senior scholars in the dept do/have done. Palgrave Macmillan is best known for publishing in the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, business, and politics. But not at R1s or Ivy Leagues. In my opinion, much of this categorization is really an elaborate shortcut strategy so that people can quickly guess the ‘standing’ of work without actually bothering to read / engage with it. In that other 90% — to whom you will most likely be mostly applying — a top UP book may not only not count, it may actively count against you. Later, you will narrow this list and rank […], […] to which publishers, name two or three. Often I get asked “What if they reject me, and I will publish […], Your email address will not be published. As per your request we unsubscribed your account from all email communication with our business unit. Moreover, am I to find lists in comparative literature, music, and French? Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan are the usual suspects here. Because the status of my first book is still undecided, I have been hesitant to begin the publishing process with the second book. If you are aiming for a career at the R1 level, know that anything other than the top presses is risky. We’ve all heard stories about presses sitting on manuscripts for years before deciding against – and more we become obsessed with publishing in a narrower and narrower range of places, the more we artificial problems create for ourselves. 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