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The Decline of the Scholarly Monograph?

Margaret Stieg Dalton.

How has the position of the scholarly monograph changed in the course of a generation? This study examines citation patterns in history, sociology, and English literature scholarship in 1975 and today. It compares statistics on publishing by selected university presses for the same period. Tenure requirements and post-tenure review policies are related to monograph publishing. Also considered is the effect on the traditional monograph of the new kind of 'reading' and information gathering made possible by machine-based searching of databases and the arrival of the World Wide Web.


Margaret Stieg Dalton  (United States)
Ebsco/Bristol Professor
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alabama

A former reference librarian at Harvard University, I have taught at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama since 1983. My research has been primarily in two areas, scholarly communication and German History. My 1992 book, Public Libraries in Nazi Germany, received the Fraenkel prize, given by the Institute of Contemporary History, London. My most recent book, a study of the Catholic Church and the arts in Germany between 1880 and 1933, is being published by the Notre Dame University Press.

  • Scholarly monograph
  • Scholarly publishing

(30 min Conference Paper, English)