The majority of respected scholarly journals as well as academic books rely on peer review status for their validity. Working as a sort of “editorial referee”, peer reviewed journals are viewed as more scientifically sound and the works they publish are taken more seriously as scientific fact. Though the quality of the actual peer review can vary quite a bit depending on the journal or the field of study, peer review journal are considered more trustworthy by scientists and laymen, alike.
Name the academic discipline and you can usually find numerous journals that publish academic works in the category. Some stick specifically to a topic, say Rheumatology, for example. While others cover a wide variety of disciplines in one journal, even a single issue. When a new field of study emerges, a journal may include it as part of a subcategory. Once that area expands to be large enough, lo and behold a new journal is born.
All the forms of book publishing and Kindle publishing have seen huge changes over the course of the previous ten years. Could your parents have imaged that you would publish your dissertation to an electronic reading device in the form of something called a Kindle book? These changes have leaked into academic publishing as access to book cover designers and layout providers has become easy. Additionally, article publishing can now be read on an electronic device including the Kindle.
For those looking to profit from published works, print books can easily be published on Amazon.com as well as Kindle books. For those looking for the widest distribution, without any barriers to entry for the reader, it’s easy to publish a book online and allow people to read it for free.