Exciting new developments for the AGU Books program

Exciting new developments for the AGU Books program

AGU’s books program is adapting and expanding with a number of new initiatives designed to improve the quality and expand the reach of our publications. We’ve released a slew of new Earth and Space Science titles in 2020, many of which are aligned with AGU’s new strategic objectives.

Successful pilot of open access books

We are delighted to have published our very first open access books in 2020: Carbon inside the Earth (edited by Craig Manning et al.) and The great igneous provinces: a driver of global environmental and biotic changes (edited by Richard Ernst et al.).

While open access is a well-established journal publication model, the transition of books has been slower. However, sooner data show that the individual chapters and full PDFs of the book were downloaded and viewed much more than we would see with a standard book available via subscription or purchase. We are working with our editorial partner, Wiley, to develop a sustainable model to make open access a possibility for more book publishers who wish to explore this option and have funds to cover the costs.

Presentation of a new editorial board

In spring 2020, AGU publications…

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